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 - 2 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 - 10 answers

You teach the youths about Marco Polo...

I would like to read The Travels of Marco Polo. Turns out, there are a lot of versions. I thought to myself: "you know who has considered opinions about things there are versions of? Mefites, of course!" This is for personal interest and not serious scholarship. However, this doesn't mean scholarly considerations don't matter at all. It just means that readability is also important. Suggestions? Is there a latest and greatest edition?
posted by jamaal to Writing & Language at 5:29 PM - 1 answer

How to rid of odor from bathtub overflow?

There was a rat infestation under the bathtub and wall/floor space. Yes..gross. It caused an odor issue coming out of the overflow. We took the tub out and cleaned out the area. Rat odor is gone...but now there is a different sort of odor. What to do next? [more inside]
posted by 7life to Home & Garden at 4:45 PM - 2 answers

Dental Implants in DC or Dental Tourism Abroad

I'm looking for recommendations from folks who have gotten dental implants in the District of Columbia, or alternatively, done the Medical tourism bit and actually went to Mexico (or elsewhere abroad) and had successful dental implants of molars. [more inside]
posted by Karaage to Health & Fitness at 4:25 PM - 7 answers

Toddler brain experiments

So I have a small child who is in the process of converting from a passive milk converter into some of actual human. Do you know of any sources I could look at which would enlighten me on how their brain develops and most importantly any fun experimenty things I could do to see how their perception is changing and to better understand how they are seeing the world. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know to Human Relations at 4:16 PM - 16 answers

Yosemite and Monterey

We (me, wife, kids 5 and 10) are traveling from Salt Lake City to Yosemite for 3 days of camping, and then to Monterey for 3 days. Help us plan the rest of a great trip. [more inside]
posted by trbrts to Travel & Transportation at 3:18 PM - 15 answers

Calm the itch that AskMe scratches.

I spend most idle moments browsing recent Ask Metafilter questions on my phone. Whilst I have learnt some (many!) useful facts from this, I acknowledge the point raised by a loved one that this mindless scrolling is not particularly constructive or good for my thumbs. How can I "selfsoothe" without relying on a website? [more inside]
posted by limoncello to Grab Bag at 3:08 PM - 7 answers

Thigh pain from sitting

What I can I do to reduce thigh pain while driving long distances? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow to Health & Fitness at 3:04 PM - 10 answers

iOS (Android too) map app to plot all my places of interest

I'm looking for a map app for my iPhone that would let me input lots of spots I might want to visit and when I open the app it shows me which are near me. I keep browser bookmarks of places that look interesting nearby but I'd love to just open a map and find out which is nearby when I'm driving around doing other things. I've played with the built-in iOS map app, Google maps, and MapQuest but I can't seem to figure out how to do it. Thanks in advance!
posted by pibeandres to Technology at 2:21 PM - 2 answers

I need a home office desk that isn't out of place in my apartment

Hola MeFi!, Good news: I scored 2 work from home days as part of a promotion. Bad news: My wife and I live in a small, 1br apartment. I'm looking for a desk that could become part of our apartment without sticking out like a sore thumb. Special snowflake deets inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD to Home & Garden at 1:26 PM - 17 answers

ACA Mandate, Employer-Provided Health Insurance, and Changing Jobs

My health insurance through my last job ended on May 31st. From what I understand, Obamacare requires me to get new health insurance within 60 days from that date. My health insurance through my next job will begin sometime after August 16th, which is more than 60 days from May 31st (but not by much!). What do I do? [more inside]
posted by meese to Law & Government at 1:26 PM - 7 answers

So I Got A Traffic Ticket Today

Am I Worrying for Nothing? [more inside]
posted by Trusted Sidekick to Law & Government at 1:21 PM - 13 answers

Saving voicemails from the dead

My mother's husband has died, but we have his voice in her voice mailbox. We have Verizon and we'd like to leave. I know there's a way to download voice mails, but what is it? How do we do it? Please explain it to me like I'm five. I see there is a similar question from 2007, but surely things have changed since then.
posted by blnkfrnk to Technology at 12:57 PM - 7 answers

Podcasts by women

I am in need of a few additional podcasts and as nearly all of the podcasts I listen to are hosted by guys, I would like some recommendations of podcasts by women. See below the fold for my interests and my current podcasts. [more inside]
posted by nolnacs to Media & Arts at 12:14 PM - 35 answers

The Great Escape (from Apple)

After a lot of research I think that the ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW 15inch 4K Touchscreen Laptop is everything she needs and costs the same amount as the 13" Macbook Pro she would buy, but I'm worried about Adobe compatibility. [more inside]
posted by lodie6 to Computers & Internet at 12:10 PM - 9 answers

Using social media without giving up control of my (Android) phone?

I don't like the amount of access to my (Android) phone most social media apps want, so I mostly use sites like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit, etc. through a browser, which greatly reduces their access to my identity and personal data. But the user interface for a mobile website usually sucks compared with a dedicated app. Is there a better way? Are there any good 3rd-party apps for accessing these social media sites that don't demand access to my entire phone?
posted by straight to Computers & Internet at 12:02 PM - 11 answers

What's New In Philadelphia?

Travelling to Philadelphia in mid August for a break - I'm a regular visitor but I haven't been in 3 years - what's new in town that I can't miss? I like fine dining, gay bars, unusual museums, vintage or discount menswear, and science/engineering sights/tours. Assume I've done all the major attractions like the Mutter and Eastern State. I have no interest in Founding Fathers stuff. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk to Travel & Transportation at 12:01 PM - 8 answers

Cinemax's Banshee: Should I keep watching it?

I've been watching the Cinemax series Banshee and while I'm enjoying it so far, the fact that Alan Ball is the executive producer makes me a bit skeptical of its chances of staying good because of True Blood, which started off well enough before degenerating into a stinking mess. Should I stick with it? [more inside]
posted by Fister Roboto to Media & Arts at 11:59 AM - 6 answers

Urine Luck

Let's say I'm a daily marijuana user. If I wanted a urine test to indicate that I'm only a 2-3 times a week user (basically get the levels down by about half) how long would I need to cut down to 2-3 times a week before the test reflected this level? [more inside]
posted by a manly man person who is male and masculine to Health & Fitness at 11:05 AM - 4 answers

Minimal life jacket for adult poor swimmer?

Can anyone suggest a life jacket/life vest/PFD for an adult man with physical problems swimming who doesn't want to feel smothered by a "normal" model? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 10:57 AM - 9 answers

Database of scene-by-scene actors appearances?

Is there a database that could tell me which actors are currently on-screen for a specific movie at a specific timecode? Ideally one that allows public access or is crowd-sourced?
posted by soundslikeobiwan to Media & Arts at 10:44 AM - 3 answers

Organizing or displaying photo prints and travel/life mementos

I'm not much of a packrat and overall I'm pretty minimalist. But I do have a few boxes of ticket stubs, used airline tickets, museum pamphlets, photos, cards, and letters. Should I keep it all? What's the best way to organize or even display (some of) it? [more inside]
posted by veggieboy to Home & Garden at 10:19 AM - 6 answers

car theft(!), recovery(?), and purchase(??!?)

About a week ago, I woke up to discover that my car had been stolen overnight. Can you help me figure out my next steps for dealing with insurance in both scenarios ('recovered' or 'not recovered') and possibly buying another car? [more inside]
posted by amnesia and magnets to Travel & Transportation at 10:07 AM - 4 answers

Worried about friend, what can I do?

I haven't been able to get in touch with a friend of mine all weekend and neither has their family. (Just found out about the family part late last night.) At first I chalked this up to just disengaging from facebook for a while but now I'm concerned. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee to Grab Bag at 9:19 AM - 9 answers

Cloud watching for beginners

What is the best way to get into cloud identification as a hobby? I'm mainly interested in learning the vocabulary and how to talk about and describe clouds—not the satellite imaging / meteorology / weather predicting side. [more inside]
posted by metaphorever to Science & Nature at 8:55 AM - 9 answers

Seeking effective marijuana cessation ideas

Daily user beginning a detox soon and looking for strategies, propaganda, anything that I can turn to for staying clean [more inside] [more inside]
posted by eusebis_w_adorno to Health & Fitness at 8:25 AM - 13 answers

Why were these door casings slanted?

Yesterday I visited the Isaac Royall House in Medford, MA, a Georgian home built in 1692 and extensively remodeled in the 1730s. We noticed that several of the closet doors had casings that were clearly slanted at the top (unfortunately I can't find those particular doors in pictures). It looked intentional, not like a result of the house sagging. What would be the purpose of this type of design?
posted by this, of course, alludes to sex to Home & Garden at 7:52 AM - 4 answers

Lower temperature methyl cellulose

Methyl cellulose solution has the handy property of being liquid up to about 50deg C, and becomes solid(ish) above that temperature. I'm looking for a substance that does the same, but with a transition temperature somewhere around 0-20deg C. [more inside]
posted by metaBugs to Science & Nature at 7:38 AM - 9 answers

Is he "the one"? (Cat edition.)

My boyfriend found a stray kitten in the parking garage of his building this weekend and we caught it and delivered it to the local shelter. But I can't stop thinking about this kitty. Should I go back and get this cat? Is this what "time to get a cat" feels like? [more inside]
posted by helloimjennsco to Pets & Animals at 6:40 AM - 39 answers

Mysterious abdominal and back pain; next steps?

For the last 5 days I've had really horrid abdominal and back pain on my left side; tests show no signs of infection. What do I need to talk to my doctor about to get to the bottom of this? [more inside]
posted by catch as catch can to Health & Fitness at 6:26 AM - 13 answers

Food/gift ideas to bring to family in Denmark & Sweden?

We'll be visiting cousins and their kids (toddlers thru tweens & a teen) in Denmark and Sweden in August. We're coming from upstate NY. We've got books & comics plus some gross US candy for the kids, but are stumped on anything to bring to the adults. We're packing very light, so small is good. What's novel, or amusing, or tasty that comes from the US and is uncommon in Scandinavia? Extra or alternate kid gift suggestions are also still welcomed!
posted by chr1sb0y to Travel & Transportation at 6:19 AM - 16 answers

I don't trust my 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid. I'm not sure what to do.

2010 Honda Civic Hybrid, low miles. I'm pretty sure the IMA (hybrid battery system) is going to be an ongoing problem. Should I stick with it or trade it in? Specifically interested in answers from people who are familiar with the Honda hybrids with nickel-metal hydride batteries. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit to Travel & Transportation at 5:58 AM - 10 answers

Avoiding the Pinterest Fail, baby portrait edition

How hard is it, really, to do your own newborn photography for baby announcements? [more inside]
posted by lizbunny to Media & Arts at 5:40 AM - 19 answers

What's the best UK shave club?

There are dozens of UK shave clubs out there, with nobody seeming to have clambered to the top. Anybody have any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Hartster to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 5:18 AM - 1 answer

Tire change problem

2012 infinity. Got lug nuts off, but tire won't budge. How do I get the tire off?
posted by LonnieK to Travel & Transportation at 4:54 AM - 11 answers

Help me look fly on the fly.

I have a date tonight in NYC. I want to look dapper as hell. Please help a non-New-Yorker figure out how to make this happen a) today and b) ideally on the cheap. [more inside]
posted by coppermoss to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 3:54 AM - 9 answers

Letter-writing to someone with learning difficulties - image font?

I have seen text written for differently-abled kids with a very low level of reading ability, where each word had a symbol over it. For example, "good" might have a thumbs-up or a smiley face over it; "see" might have an eye with an arrow, or something. I've searched but google is failing me. Does anyone know of any online facility to generate text like this? [more inside]
posted by greenish to Writing & Language at 3:31 AM - 8 answers

My dad died and I don't want to do anything

My dad died. I have so much to do in the aftermath of his passing... but I just don't want to do anything. I've always been a procrastinator, but never to this degree. Please help me come up with a game plan. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 to Health & Fitness at 2:38 AM - 14 answers

July 24

How do I quit when my boss will take it very personally?

A few months ago I took a new job in a new field for me. Because I can't cope with my boss and her management style, I have decided to give notice tomorrow. I cannot stay, but the thought of actually telling her tomorrow that I am resigning, and then having to ride out the next two weeks in the office, has me breaking out in a cold sweat even now. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by that possible maker of pork sausages to Work & Money at 11:23 PM - 25 answers

Another lighting question

My bedroom is roughly 12' x 10', pictured here. There are only 2 50W bullet lights, kind of like these and pictured as circles on the diagram, and there is no electrical box in the ceiling and no way to install anything else (rental, thick concrete walls and ceilings, asbestos). It is dim AF. Please help. [more inside]
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet to Home & Garden at 10:17 PM - 11 answers

Has the ship sailed on making money as an Amazon merchant?

I'm interested in becoming an Amazon merchant that uses order fulfillment processing by Amazon, but I have some questions about how to make it profitable. [more inside]
posted by Gosha_Dog to Work & Money at 9:35 PM - 7 answers

RSS feed for AFP German 'Topthemen'?

Is there any way to get an RSS feed for the German language 'Topthemen' ("Top Topics") that the wire-service AFP publishes on their website? [more inside]
posted by crazy with stars to Computers & Internet at 8:19 PM - 1 answer

What is this plant #313?

This is doing quite well on the SE side of my house in Northern Virginia. Some are over 6ft/2m tall. What is it?
posted by Johnny Wallflower to Home & Garden at 8:13 PM - 5 answers

Facebook: evil, stupid, dangerous: an idea whose time has come!

I'm anti Facebook for all of the normal reasons: ethics, privacy, security, waste of time, as well as some special snowflake reasons below. But I like social media (hence, my MetaFilter membership). I'm feeling the FB pressure and have had a couple of specific "Damn, I wish I were on FB events" happen recently. But Facebook has been, and remains a really bad idea, right? [more inside]
posted by soylent00FF00 to Computers & Internet at 8:00 PM - 37 answers

how can I help my cat be more comfortable in the heat?

I live on the east coast and it's been very hot. I am worried about my cat in this heat - being covered in fur must suck right now. How can I help him be more comfortable? [more inside]
posted by thereemix to Pets & Animals at 7:52 PM - 21 answers

Why does my tongue keep getting hurt?

For the past month or so, I've had a range of different sore spots on my tongue, that feel like little cuts or raw patches. I'll have a sore spot for a few days in one spot (e.g. back left side of my tongue), all will be well for a few days, and then a few days or a week later I'll have another sore spot in a different location. What gives? [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs to Health & Fitness at 7:43 PM - 9 answers

How do I tell if I'm losing my hair?

Female, 33, white. The last 5-6 times I've washed my hair it seems like there's an unusually large amount of hair coming out when I wash it, and when I brush it while blow-drying it afterward. Details, possibly relevant info, below. [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown to Health & Fitness at 7:35 PM - 15 answers

Apartment Painting Tips - NYC Edition

My wife and I are in the process of buying an apartment on the upper west side in Manhattan and would like to have it painted just after we close (in a couple weeks) and before we move in. Neither of us have ever hired painters before - she's painted herself, and I've just never painted. Some help would be welcome! [more inside]
posted by slide to Home & Garden at 7:32 PM - 2 answers

Let's sue the landlord

My former landlord is past due on returning my security deposit. I reminded her after the legal deadline and told her to get it to me in the next week. Now the week is past and I have questions about suing her in small claims court. Several questions inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Law & Government at 6:52 PM - 10 answers

view cached version of Ebay page?

I just won an auction and I think the seller increased the shipping price, but I have no proof. How can I find the old version of the listing? [more inside]
posted by oneirodynia to Technology at 5:31 PM - 7 answers

3 days in Guadeloupe: any tips?

My boyfriend and I are traveling to Guadeloupe Nov 18-21, flying into Pointe-a-Pitre at 6:30pm on the 18th. Any suggestions on where to stay, where to explore, where to eat etc? We're not into fancy B&Bs and resorts, we like DIY adventure (without nonetheless 'roughing it' backpacker style). Budget for housing is $50-75/night. We'll have a car. Thanks for any and all recs!
posted by qzar to Travel & Transportation at 5:28 PM - 1 answer

'Twas the Best of Candies - Uh, No, 'Twas the WORST of Candies

Crappy nostalgia-filter! Trying to remember the name these weird, powdery little diet candy tablets that were briefly sold during the 1990s. They were profoundly strange and I've never seen anything like them before or since. Everything I can remember under the fold. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew to Food & Drink at 5:05 PM - 4 answers

Camoflaging electrical box

We have a spot on our wall where a doorbell used to be mounted. We no longer have the doorbell, but the electrical box is still there and the wires are still in place. I currently have it covered with a painted blank plate but I'm wondering if there are any other creative ways we could cover this and make it less conspicuous. [more inside]
posted by primethyme to Home & Garden at 5:00 PM - 7 answers

How to Dog: Cat People Edition

How do we successfully have a dog? I, my housemate, and our three cats have four days to learn. [more inside]
posted by kythuen to Pets & Animals at 4:29 PM - 22 answers

Seeking small ways to practice gratitude and generosity

What are some little things that you do to express gratitude for / generosity toward people around you, like friends, loved ones, or colleagues, that don't require too much time or money? [more inside]
posted by Owl of Athena to Human Relations at 3:51 PM - 17 answers

Any advice for Arrowmont (craft school) in August?

My one-week art workshop at Arrowmont is approaching, yay! After reading all the content Google can find me to read, I thought I'd ask if any of you have ever been there, and if so, do you have any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by bluesky78987 to Travel & Transportation at 3:29 PM - 2 answers

Found Kitty Flier Best Practices

A kitty followed us home last night! [more inside]
posted by thack3r to Pets & Animals at 3:29 PM - 19 answers

Best scanner for copious quantities of paper photo snapshots.

I need the best scanner to process thousands of 3 1/2" by 3 1/2" family snap shots. Money is no object. [more inside]
posted by cda to Technology at 2:34 PM - 8 answers

Buying tickets to see Hamilton in Chicago

I have a particular date in mind that I would like to see Hamilton in Chicago. Of course the tickets are all sold out. There are tickets available at Stub Hub and other places. Is it safe to use these services? [more inside]
posted by great_radio to Media & Arts at 1:28 PM - 10 answers