July 28

Pedestrian Game Recs?

Keep meaning to ask. Does anyone have any recommendations for videogames which are particularly of interest with regard to the urban-as-in-city pedestrian experience? Assume that I'm aware of e.g. the GTAs and Saint's Row (love #3!) style games and prefer exploration over random aggression. I'm particularly interested in anything from any era, any genre which either foregrounds the pedestrian experience or which in your opinion incorporates/exaggerates it particularly well. [more inside]
posted by comealongpole to Computers & Internet at 10:36 PM - 0 answers

Help me compare a 2002 and 2006 Prius - both low mileage

Similar to this question, but I am looking at a 2002 and a 2006 Prius. Both have similarly low mileage, but the 2006 is listed at ~$5000 more than the 2002. I would prefer the larger interior space and the newer car, but am not sure it's worth it. What else should I consider? [more inside]
posted by SirNovember to Travel & Transportation at 10:16 PM - 0 answers

how can I start my own interpretation and translation company?

I am going to start my own interpretation and translation coorperation. I have the money, time and people to do it. But I really have limited information about starting this business. So I really need a lot of advice about it.I live in columbus and going to start it here. What license do I need to get to start the cooperation? What kinds of certificates should my interpreters get, and how can they get those certificates, like medical interprter's certificate, court interpreters's certificate? I am willing to pay for the necessary training and certification for the interpreters who are going to work in the cooperation. [more inside]
posted by denimchair to Work & Money at 10:10 PM - 1 answer

Your best resources for evaluating the health of relationships

Without going into detail, I've been given pause about a romantic relationship and am trying to get some perspective on it. Having only the vaguest of itches, I decided to skip laying it all out for fellow MeFites this time in favor of something more universally applicable: what outside resources do you use to take the temperature of your interpersonal connections on your own?
posted by dee lee to Human Relations at 8:30 PM - 7 answers

It wasn't scary, scary but...

What was this movie trailer that played before What We Do in the Shadows? [more inside]
posted by OnTheLastCastle to Media & Arts at 8:07 PM - 7 answers

Should I fix or replace something that isn't all that broke?

MacBookFilter: Help me decide whether to upgrade or replace my increasingly decrepit 2011 MBP. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna to Computers & Internet at 8:00 PM - 15 answers

Lost my iPhone 4s in Manhattan

My iPhone 4s was lost in Manhattan today, and has been traced to a very different neighborhood. I went there with a friend and it's in an area with lots of cars and apartments, so finding it's exact location is not as easy as if it were in a house that had a big yard. Or any yard. What else can I do to potentially get my phone back? [more inside]
posted by bilabial to Law & Government at 7:49 PM - 8 answers

How can I land this management job with no management experience?

I've been out of work for 4 months. I'm in the running for a management job. I don't have any management experience except a senior position in which I led the team for 5 months because my manager left her job. And that was 8 years ago. How can I pitch myself as the right person for the job? [more inside]
posted by OrderOctopoda to Work & Money at 7:01 PM - 6 answers

Is this normal? My dog wakes himself up barking

My dog is about 5 years old. I've had him for 3.5 years. In the last month or so he has started barking in his sleep. Sometimes he's puppy-dreaming and quietly yipping and moving his feet. About half the time he barks really loud and wakes himself up. This is a definite change in his behavior. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk to Pets & Animals at 6:44 PM - 7 answers

Why doesn't my computer reliably connect to the internet?

My wireless network seems to work for every device we have except our actual computer. Please help. [more inside]
posted by meggan to Technology at 5:31 PM - 9 answers

Help translating a flyer from English to Portuguese

I have volunteered to help out with a thing, and now I have a (short) bit of text that I am hoping someone can translate from English into Portuguese for me. [more inside]
posted by janepanic to Writing & Language at 4:57 PM - 2 answers

What are the going rates for online game dialogue writing?

A friends son is very keen on creative writing - he publishes online via Reddit and his own blog. He is currently negotiating with an online gaming company (based in the Netherlands) to write dialogue for their new game that is in development (they send him prompts and basic outlines of the game sequence). Can you give me any advice about the average rates for online writing. Do you you charge by the hour or for a written piece? What would you recommend would be a good rate, considering his age (17) and his skill level (he is still in high school!). From my research I have seen a range of quotes - anything from $20 per hour or $50 per article up to $900 for skilled writers. Any advice much appreciated.
posted by drinkmaildave to Work & Money at 4:41 PM - 2 answers

Wanted: Dependable cross platform (Mac/iOS/Android) text note syncing.

I'm a huge fan Notational Velocity (Actually NValt), and store bunches of stuff in it, as plain .txt files. I'd like to be able to access them on iOS and Android devices, without losing or duplicating data, but have trouble keeping up with the ongoing saga of sync backends. [more inside]
posted by Jack Karaoke to Computers & Internet at 3:44 PM - 10 answers

Help Little Fluffy Grads + Postdocs Fly The Nest

What can a Professor do to help Grad Students (post-Masters) and Postdocs when they go to another country? What problems did you, as a grad/postdoc, have abroad? What helped? What resources exist to help such people? [more inside]
posted by andrewcooke to Education at 3:24 PM - 2 answers

Wireless options for a 200' Internet connection?

Is there a reliable and low latency wireless option for a point to point network connection? [more inside]
posted by Nelson to Computers & Internet at 3:18 PM - 5 answers

Want to move across country. How do I do it?

I'm itching for change and would like to move to preferably in the next year. I'm looking into San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City and Portland. I've moved before and to different states/ cities, but this would be the biggest move ever in my life. I need advice on how to find jobs out of state, finding a place to live, and how to get all my junk across country as well. Is it easier to just save up a bunch and move and find a job when I get settled or should I try to get a job and then use that opportunity to move? Any tips or advice would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by ruebeignet to Work & Money at 3:10 PM - 7 answers

Foreign income exclusion via physical presence test?

I am a U.S. citizen. I moved to a foreign country on July 1, and will officially started earning income in the foreign country on August 1. If I quit and move back to the U.S. on July 1, 2016, will I receive foreign income exclusion on my taxes for both the 2015 and 2016 tax years? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 2:46 PM - 4 answers

Doing the networking dance

A few weeks ago i ran into an acquaintance and mentioned that I was looking for a new job. She said that she knew the CEO of a company that she thought I would be a good fit for, and gave me his and the company's name, along with permission to mention that I got his info from her. What do I do with this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 2:45 PM - 4 answers

No, no, not THERE

How do I keep my cat off of my computer? [more inside]
posted by sailoreagle to Pets & Animals at 2:31 PM - 17 answers

Name That Bug!

What kind of bug is this? [more inside]
posted by anderjen to Science & Nature at 2:29 PM - 7 answers

guess I should have thought about this 8.5 months ago

Looking for articles, anecdotes or books about coming to terms with motherhood identity. Nothing sappy, heavy handed or mommy-culty. [more inside]
posted by serenity soonish to Human Relations at 1:58 PM - 27 answers

Used/new hybrid hatchback car with manual transmission?

Hi there, It's nearly time for another car. Does this exist (new or used): a high-mpg hybrid hatchback or wagon with a manual transmission? [more inside]
posted by amtho to Travel & Transportation at 1:57 PM - 13 answers

Biographies of Place

I'm looking for suggestions for non-fiction books of an ilk I can only describe as biographies of place; works that strongly evoke a sense of landscape. [more inside]
posted by mingo_clambake to Science & Nature at 1:56 PM - 26 answers

Shady Paid Parking Lot and Tow Truck Practices

What's my father's best course of action here? His believes his truck was improperly towed from a parking lot. [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints to Law & Government at 1:34 PM - 13 answers

Verizon Blackberry sending my Gmail msgs from vtext.com

My brother just got a new Blackberry. (I know.) And a new phone number. He uses Verizon in New York. When he sends me a text, his messages come to my Gmail account as emails from [hisnumber]@vtext.com. Whyyyyyyyy? Please help make it stop. [more inside]
posted by ImproviseOrDie to Technology at 1:34 PM - 4 answers

How to confront thieving contractors?

Hired contractors for a house where I am an out of town owner. They said they would buy supplies at home supplies store and I would reimburse them once they provided me with receipt. Called the store today and they sent proof that supplies were returned (supplies they needed to do the job I specified).. What do I do? Not too much longer DETAILS INSIDE [more inside]
posted by soooo to Human Relations at 12:53 PM - 14 answers

ipad games for a 5 year old, please.

I'm looking for ALL the iPad games that are simple enough for a 5-year old. Easy, addictive, repetitive - this is what I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by kitcat to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 12:23 PM - 17 answers

Belgian Malinois puppy problems.

Asking for my next door neighbor who just got an 11 week old Malinois puppy who is biting more than an average puppy. There is a reason people call them Malingators. He bites and does not release. Malinois owners what has worked for you to break this problem? [more inside]
posted by Coffee Bean to Pets & Animals at 11:05 AM - 11 answers

Cool specs, smart guy

What style glasses is Michael Douglas wearing in Ant-Man? [more inside]
posted by the bird at the bottom of the tree to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 10:30 AM - 3 answers

Escape from US & Canadian Internment camps during WWII?

I'm trying to find out if anyone successfully escaped from a Japanese-American or Japanese-Canadian Internment camp during World War II. [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps to Society & Culture at 10:09 AM - 2 answers

Fun things to do near Zurich

I have two days to kill time starting either in Lugano or Zurich. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by special-k to Travel & Transportation at 9:49 AM - 6 answers

Is 511 Rideshare a useful transit option in the SF Bay Area?

I've got a job offer in San Rafael. Great! I live in San Francisco without a car. Boo! Since public transit outside of SF proper is a nightmare and buying a car is a deal-breaker for me, is 511 Rideshare a reliable option? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Travel & Transportation at 9:24 AM - 9 answers

Can it really cost thousands of dollars to post an app in the app store?

My question, in a sentence, is this: given that my app works perfectly, what is a reasonable cost to pay someone else to place it or post it in the app store? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Justice to Computers & Internet at 9:00 AM - 15 answers

How do I do the train in Norway and Sweden?

I am going on a vacation to Norway and Sweden at the end of August, which involves flying into Bergen and taking a series of train rides around until I end up in Stockholm. I am a complete train newbie, how to trains work? [more inside]
posted by selenized to Travel & Transportation at 8:54 AM - 7 answers

My guy friend (and crush) blushed when I gave him a compliment

I've liked this guy for quite a while. We're part of a meetup group that he leads. We are around the same age (early 30s, he's two years older). I've always found him to be a great leader and great person all around, despite my crush on him. Recently I told him this, and it wasn't in an overly gushing way. Just a sincere compliment. I was almost crying when I told him, so I was speaking from the heart. [more inside]
posted by starpoint to Human Relations at 8:33 AM - 31 answers

How to ethically spend/allocate leftover grant funds?

Hi. I work at a nonprofit organization, and we have a non-governmental grant that pays for my salary and program expenses. It's coming up on the end of the grant year, and I have leftover funds. I'm not sure I agree with a directive coming from my boss about how to allocate the leftover funds in the budget. I need some people with on-the-ground nonprofit experience to tell me if my ethical line is stricter than the general best practices one. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 8:29 AM - 10 answers

Good source for concert or album posters?

I'm looking for a reputable source for high-quality posters. Is there a "best source" online for these types of things? [more inside]
posted by a complicated history to Media & Arts at 7:49 AM - 2 answers

Shelves for IKEA Samla boxes?

I'm accumulating a lot of IKEA Samla plastic storage boxes, particularly the 11 x 7 x 5 ones, using them for toys (Lego, Hot Wheels, etc.). Has anyone found a shelving system that these will fit neatly into? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by carter to Home & Garden at 7:35 AM - 3 answers

California State Tax Troubles

I won some money in California and taxes were automatically withheld, even though I'm not a resident of CA. I filed CA state taxes to get the withheld amount back, but I didn't hear back about my refund. When I tried to contact California's Tax Powers-That-B, they have no record of my filing and I've conveniently lost all of my paperwork to prove that I did it. [more inside]
posted by chara to Work & Money at 7:11 AM - 3 answers

ID a short scifi/fantasy story - Beetles steal a museum scarab

Short story I read as a kid, so published before 1990. Beetles meet in (?Central) Park to discuss, or succeed, in stealing a scarab from a major museum. The cockroaches have a chant - 'Blatt Blatt Blatt go the Blattodea!'
posted by AFII to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 6:50 AM - 3 answers

How do you stack?

Where can someone learn about modern technology stacks / enterprise computing? Is there an equivalent to How Computers Work but for corporate computing? If I wanted to see how CRM, ERP, PaaS, ETL, ESP, DMZ, NoSQL, and GitHub might be used together at Walmart / Acme Co., where would I go? Is What is Code the closest I will get?
posted by jasondigitized to Technology at 6:15 AM - 4 answers

Middle aged blues. Just got fired, what now?

I was fired two weeks ago, and I'm devastated. Special snowflake details inside... [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 4:51 AM - 22 answers

July 27

Visuals that come to mind?

I am trying to create symbols and images that children can associate with certain words. Can you help me come up with all the visuals that come to mind for the words "advisor" and "luxury" (these are the two that I am stuck on because of how complex and non-accessible for children they can be)?
posted by omar.a to Writing & Language at 11:00 PM - 19 answers

Replies to sexist remarks for feminist allies

My husband's co-worker is making leering, sexually suggestive remarks to him the attractiveness of their women colleagues. He is at a loss for how to tactfully reply in a way that does not spell professional suicide but also makes it clear that this is not cool. [more inside]
posted by HotToddy to Human Relations at 10:46 PM - 47 answers

How to muffle washing machine noise

Our neighbor just put in tile for his laundry room floor, and now the noise of his washing machine every single morning is quite loud and even vibrates the walls of my room. [more inside]
posted by madonna of the unloved to Home & Garden at 10:30 PM - 6 answers

Mortgage Question

I am thinking about buying a house. I have a great salary but essentially have no money to use as a down payment because I have been focusing on paying off student loans from grad school. Am I eligible for a loan when I could only put down maybe 5% of the purchase price? Again, with my salary i can support a fairly big loan I just do not want to wait the year or so it would take to save the down payment. Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated!
posted by frednorton to Work & Money at 9:44 PM - 20 answers

Putting many miles on a Mini

My partner owns a 2010 Mini Cooper S. He loves the car, but doesn't want to drop big bucks every time he needs an oil change. Are Minis so special that he can only go to the dealership or a specific import mechanic? Or can he venture to Valvoline? [more inside]
posted by thefang to Travel & Transportation at 7:35 PM - 16 answers

What is the picture on the cover of “Dumb Flesh” by Blanck Mass?

It looks kind of like a human body, but wrong. Any description of what it is and/or how it was made would be welcome. Thanks!
posted by Going To Maine to Media & Arts at 6:52 PM - 2 answers

How do I breakup with my partner in a way that is fair?

I know I need to breakup with my partner but I have several concerns and would like to ask the community for some advice. We have been dating for about 9 months and I have been away on a job for about the last 2, will be back next week and I am feeling guilt about the details of the breakup even though I know it has to happen. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 6:43 PM - 18 answers

Kill Bermuda Grass!

The house I rent has a yard full of succulents, cacti, and drought-tolerant natives. Unfortunately, the tenants let go a bit of Bermuda Grass which has now run rampant over half the yard in between the other plants. I've previously gotten rid of the stuff by digging a foot down and pulling out all the shoots. But I don't want to kill all my other plants! This stuff is tough as nails and if you leave bits of the shoots it comes back. How do I kill it? I'm not adverse to chemical solutions. Does Roundup kill succulents? Is there something that discriminately kills Bermuda Grass?
posted by cman to Home & Garden at 6:27 PM - 5 answers

Please help me install a window air conditioner safely

I own this relatively new (only one season of use) 6000+ BTU GE window air conditioner, but have lost the plastic framework that allows it to be installed in a window. Does a universal kit exist that will fit this A/C (and if so where can it be ordered online)? Also, please share your tips for successfully and safely installing a window A/C unit that won't ever fall out? [more inside]
posted by zarq to Technology at 4:39 PM - 9 answers

How do I sell two large-ish book collections?

There are two focused book collections that I’d like to sell, preferably as lots. I’d like one to go to an academic institution. I’m indifferent to the destination of the other. I’ve never brokered deals like these before. How do I proceed? Many details and my current ideas inside. [more inside]
posted by vathek to Media & Arts at 4:30 PM - 12 answers

Relaxation Techniques for an Eating Disordered Gal

I am battling an eating disorder and need some strategies to calm down, relieve anxiety and clear my brain before and after meals. [more inside]
posted by mmmleaf to Health & Fitness at 3:23 PM - 13 answers

What is the most useful email in the world?

A while ago I came across a webpage where the author provided a short, one-line email to use in business situations where you are being ignored or not receiving a timely response. For the life of me I can't recall the exact wording of the message, nor the webpage. Ring any bells?
posted by sociology to Work & Money at 3:21 PM - 3 answers

How realistic is The Peripheral?

Specifically, how likely is something like the "jackpot" in Gibson's new book to happen? Spoilers below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom to Science & Nature at 2:58 PM - 12 answers

How/where to buy/build an outdoor container for emergency supplies?

As everyone here in the Pacific Northwest freaks out simultaneously about the Big One, I'd like to store our family emergency kit somewhere outside for easy access, just in case. Where/how can I buy/build a container for that? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky to Home & Garden at 2:56 PM - 20 answers

Which Dominion expansions are the best?

My girlfriend and I love playing Dominion together, and we want to take the experience to the next level by adding some expansions to the base game. Dominion players, which expansions are your favorites? Is there a reliable source for reviews? Thanks!
posted by Fister Roboto to Shopping at 2:49 PM - 19 answers

Rain gear for those who run hot?

Recommendation needed for jacket. [more inside]
posted by Cosine to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 2:22 PM - 10 answers

Twitter 102

Explain this crazy little thing called hashtags to me. How do you use them? How do you find good ones? What the heck are good ones? Why are they good? What do you do with them? Also, twitter culture and relationships. [more inside]
posted by Michele in California to Computers & Internet at 2:10 PM - 20 answers

Should I be a yoga instructor or massage therapist or..?

I've been giving some thought to becoming certified to teach yoga, or to be a massage therapist, or to be a physical therapy assistant. I'm not sure which one makes the most sense, given my inclinations and limitations. [more inside]
posted by silly me to Work & Money at 1:43 PM - 14 answers