September 3

everything is on fire forever

There was a fire in my building 2 weeks ago and everything is so smelly, the smelliest, the most smelly. [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin to Home & Garden at 8:15 AM - 1 answer

Confused but enthusiastic Zap Comics character

Sometime around 1970, Zap Comics ran a one-time strip that showed a guy trucking along, and then a thought hits him. He snaps his finger, turns around, and takes off in the opposite direction. And he does that again, and maybe again. That’s it; no words. I don’t think it was Flakey Foont. Anybody recall that, and possibly have a lead to it?
posted by LonnieK to Media & Arts at 8:12 AM - 0 answers

(Earlobe) Piercing studio recommendations in Seattle area needed.

Please recommend piercing studio/tattoo shop to redo my earlobes in the Seattle/Eastside/Renton?Tacoma area. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by tipsyBumblebee to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 8:10 AM - 0 answers

Stop. F*cking. Calling. Me.

I've had my home phone number since December 2006, and over the course of the last nearly nine years I have received thousands of automated phone calls from a credit company that is looking for the person who had the number before me and refuses to stop calling it. [more inside]
posted by orange swan to Grab Bag at 7:09 AM - 13 answers

Speed cleaning for dummies

Omg, AskMe! I have a very important visitor coming over for dinner tonight. The house is reasonably tidy but I haven't cleaned cleaned in . . . a while. I will have about an hour between dinner prep and guest arrival; what high-impact cleaning tasks should I blitz through to make it SEEM like I am a Clean Person? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz to Home & Garden at 6:45 AM - 20 answers


I'm looking for a Joomla module or best way that lets admins create links to articles on a sidebar that can be nested/indented and ordered however the admin likes. Ideally it would be about as easy as managing a Wordpress menu. Right now, the site uses the ArticlesCategory module with a custom template for this, but getting the categories just right is getting unmanageable and messing with the breadcrumbs in some cases. [more inside]
posted by michaelh to Computers & Internet at 6:04 AM - 0 answers

I want to Try More Things. What should I try?

I think trying new things is crucial to keeping life interesting, but by definition my imagination is constrained by the things I usually do. I need some ideas! [more inside]
posted by henryaj to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 4:32 AM - 28 answers

A full-time job + part-time job that is 40 miles away = burnout???

I currently work for a mental health insurance company as an administrative assistant for the past 10 months. I have unfortunately found out that working in a cubicle for 8 hours a day is not optimal for me. [more inside]
posted by tnar23 to Work & Money at 1:23 AM - 8 answers

Europe-filter: Finding somewhere to settle down at 30

I've moved towns seven times in three years and I'm tired of it! I'd like to settle down in a place, make a life there - build a community, make friends, form relationships, get involved in things and become a genuine part of a community rather than just a transient person moving from town to town because of an overheated, insecure housing market. I'm currently based in the UK and looking at the UK and the rest of the EU only. [more inside]
posted by winterhill to Travel & Transportation at 12:37 AM - 26 answers

September 2

Women's flats for a very non-flat toenail

I love wearing flats but have never found a pair that is actually comfortable. [more inside]
posted by madonna of the unloved to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 9:09 PM - 16 answers

How do I start reseraching extended European ski vacation logistics?

I'm about to take a work sabbatical for 6 months starting January 2016. I would like to spend 3 of those months on mainland Europe. I want to spend at least a couple months skiing nearly everyday. I'm open to going pretty much anywhere in Europe. I'm just looking for any recommendations to get started in my googling. [more inside]
posted by just.good.enough to Travel & Transportation at 7:56 PM - 7 answers

What is this weird neck bruise?

What is this mysterious dark patch (bruise?) on my neck? It's been there, unchanged (as far as I can tell) for a few days, possibly a week. It's right under a mole and not painful to the touch. It is definitely not a hickey, though it looks a lot like one. More info and a photo under the cut. [more inside]
posted by bonifate to Health & Fitness at 7:40 PM - 9 answers

New ideas for finding a lost cat?

My landlord asked me to look after her cat while she's away on a cruise for two weeks, and I somehow lost it, within a small enclosed space, in less than 24 hours. [more inside]
posted by gsteff to Pets & Animals at 7:29 PM - 19 answers

My New Dog: Breed Guesses and Name Suggestions

Getting a new rescue dog tomorrow and am having no luck coming up with a name. I also have no idea what kind of dog this is. [more inside]
posted by mulcahy to Pets & Animals at 7:18 PM - 33 answers

Dressed to kill a diet

Let's say you order a big, full-plate dinner salad at a restaurant and ask for dressing on the side. You are counting calories. They forget and it comes pretty heavily dressed. You are at a work event, it's busy at the restaurant, and you eat it because of the social awkwardness of returning food at this event. [more inside]
posted by flourpot to Food & Drink at 7:09 PM - 20 answers

How can I quick switch into 'vacation mode'?

My life is currently a pretty long commute to and from work bookended by childcare and cooking meals and cleaning up. That's pretty much all I do everyday. Sometimes I swim. I have a long weekend coming up and then, later this month, a camping trip planned. However, I find that it takes me so long to decompress that I don't begin to enjoy myself until the "break" is almost over. What are your tips for quickly switching into 'vacation mode'?
posted by amanda to Work & Money at 6:58 PM - 10 answers

Streaming classical and jazz music.

I work from home—writing and various bits of research—and always have music on in the background. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by standardasparagus to Media & Arts at 6:35 PM - 14 answers

SF - Oakland Labor Day traffic mess HELP

Calling Bay Area residents, how effed up is traffic going to be this weekend? [more inside]
posted by hellameangirl to Travel & Transportation at 6:17 PM - 8 answers

Lamp with a base plugged in

I live in a rental with a strange dining room lighting situation. No lamp is provided, but there is an electric socket high up on the wall controlled by a switch. Ideally, I would plug in an overhead lamp and swing it through a ceiling hook, but I'm not allowed to drill into the ceiling. The alternative is to get a lightweight sconce that I don't need to mount, but simply attach to the socket. I might be searching for the wrong terms, because I can't find anything like this. Help?
posted by redlines to Home & Garden at 4:55 PM - 20 answers

Books like Schulz, Babel, Bulgakov?

Please can you recommend books similar to Bruno Schulz's, Isaac Babel's and Bulgakov's Master & Margarita? [more inside]
posted by maiamaia to Society & Culture at 3:57 PM - 10 answers

Any recommendations for (or against) Spanish classes in NYC?

Language learning questions here tend to get a lot of "watch Univision, listen to podcasts, converse with native speakers" types of answers, which are great. I will probably utilize some of those things, but I'd really like to take a class because I would benefit from the externally imposed structure. [more inside]
posted by Mavri to Writing & Language at 3:51 PM - 6 answers

That Old House

What are the most awesome historic homes that can be toured? I am most immediately interested in the North East US, but am glad to hear about ones all over the country and even out of the country, because, well, I seem to be trying to make it everywhere.... [more inside]
posted by ReluctantViking to Travel & Transportation at 3:36 PM - 47 answers

Rabid tomato sauce

Something has been taking bites out of my tomatoes... probably squirrels or birds. I washed them, generously cut off the affected area, and cooked the sauce for 30 minutes. Am I about to poison my husband and teens?
posted by LittleMy to Food & Drink at 3:35 PM - 11 answers

Seeking super simple calendar app

So, I currently have a system where when I accomplish a certain daily goal, I stick a star sticker on a physical calendar. Now I want to keep doing that, but on my phone! [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite to Computers & Internet at 2:52 PM - 7 answers

What do you do when you and your SO have different tastes?

My girlfriend and I have pretty clashing tastes about many things: movies, art, decorations, you name it. However, we're both interested in moving together at some point. How do we both get our way about how the apartment is decorated and what's on the TV/computer without walling ourselves off from each other? We have some commonalities and I believe that a good relationship is one the challenges both parties to consider new things, so I don't want to give up on that. Help?
posted by Fister Roboto to Human Relations at 2:51 PM - 19 answers

Find my husband a new (old) murder mystery to love!

My husband has a deep love of old and scary movies. Think Psycho, House of Wax, The Bat, The Haunting, House on Haunted Hill, And Then There Were None... basically, if it's black and white, involves a large mansion, and contains a murder mystery, he's into it. Can you recommend some old-timey thrillers that have those characteristics? (bonus points for Amazon Prime or Netflix availability) Family Guy did an episode called "And Then There Were Fewer," which sort of pushed all those buttons for him, so similar "homages" would be cool, too. Thanks!
posted by ToucanDoug to Media & Arts at 2:03 PM - 25 answers

Should I allow this Ebay return?

My profile indicates that I do not accept returns. Buyer wants to return item -- new high-end down jacket with tags -- that was too small for her (though accurately marked). I want to politely decline the return, but wonder what the repercussions are likely to be. [more inside]
posted by chesty_a_arthur to Computers & Internet at 1:57 PM - 15 answers

A Long Time Ago in a Podcast Far, Far, Away...

As I delve deeper back into the sublime grip of Star Wars fandom (I had escaped for a while), I've decided that I'd like to add a podcast or two to my podcast listening habits. I've seen "Star Wars Minute" referenced in previous answers, but I was curious if there were any other Star Wars podcasts of top quality to listen to which MeFites would recommend?
posted by Atreides to Media & Arts at 1:31 PM - 2 answers

Lecture Me!

I've recently really enjoyed Jordan Peterson's psychology lectures on youtube and I'd like to find more like them. Other video lectures I've enjoyed have been Shelly Kagan's Death, and Michael Sandel's Justice. Please tell me of others so I can watch them. [more inside]
posted by paper chromatographologist to Education at 12:51 PM - 4 answers

Artist Identification Help

I am looking for the artist behind this [nsfw] sculpture. Do you know who it is?
posted by nadawi to Media & Arts at 12:47 PM - 4 answers

Dealing with workplace gossip

The boss has a husband who is gossiping about me to my co-workers. Can anything be done about this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 12:46 PM - 11 answers

Help me find retirement therapists/counselors

An elderly relative of mine is retiring within the next few years. Help me find a therapist/counselor to help them through this transition. [more inside]
posted by Ndwright to Work & Money at 12:46 PM - 6 answers

Sam-E, Ashwagandha, etc: Supplements that help depression/anxiety?

I suffer from anxiety, anhedonia and depression. I just had to wean off of yet another AD, and am tired of searching a medication that treats my symptoms with minimal side effects. My therapist suggested looking into Sam-e and ashwagandha in the meantime, and my psych doc said it would be worth a try. Has anyone had success with supplements such as Sam-E? What did you take, and did you notice a difference? I'm trying to sort through what is scientifically-backed and what is woo. Anecdata is welcome as well. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness at 12:44 PM - 15 answers

Norway filter: Heddal

So we're planning a weekend trip to Heddal stave church, which is only five hours and six minutes by car from here, as I just found out. What else to do in the area? Where to sleep? [more inside]
posted by Namlit to Travel & Transportation at 12:20 PM - 3 answers

Help me find the right crochet thread in southern Ontario

Where can I buy the suitable cord to make a purse? [more inside]
posted by sardonyx to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 12:08 PM - 9 answers

Info & Advice for Planning an Awesome Xmas Vacation to Italy/Vatican

My family has decided to spend the holidays in Italy and at the Vatican. I'm doing all the planning and booking and I need some advice both in general, and specific to the holidays/closures etc. We will spend about 2 weeks and plan to see Rome/the Vatican, Florence and Venice. [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... to Travel & Transportation at 12:00 PM - 13 answers

When to start a family - how to find our bearings?

My husband and I are in our early 30's. He is in a big hurry to start a family, believes that our window of time is rapidly closing and feels that soon it will be too late. I am not ready for this, and do not share his sense of urgency. I've told him that if it were up to me, I would postpone trying to conceive for one more year, but if that would be a deal breaker for him, I would suck it up and start trying now. He does not want to force me, but fears that if I'm not ready now I may never be ready. How do we find our way through this quagmire of emotions and practical considerations? [more inside]
posted by keep it under cover to Human Relations at 11:29 AM - 65 answers

Airport highlights for Doha, Mumbai, and Delhi?

Help me entertain myself in a few airports. Over the next few months, I'll have mid-length (lets' say 3-6 hour) layovers in Doha, Qatar (DOH) and both BOM and DEL in India. Any particular highlights inside these airports? I'm looking for unusual things to do, interesting views of outside or airport-workings, particularly good people-watching, food? If my best option is to park myself with a book and a snack, where should I get the snack, and where should I sit? [more inside]
posted by janell to Travel & Transportation at 11:12 AM - 4 answers

Simple question, but kind of desperate: Monitor mount - supine

Is there a swing arm or some other way to mount a monitor such that I can lay down, on my back, and look straight up at it? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack to Computers & Internet at 11:03 AM - 9 answers

My mother's passive aggression hurts me. How to deal?

My mom is a lovely, intelligent, caring person. She also has lifelong untreated dysthymia. What's the best way to deal with her frequent, subtle passive aggression? (Wall of detail inside, feel free to skip to TL;DR if you have general advice for coping with passive aggression in family context.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 11:02 AM - 17 answers

ISO birthday gift ideas for relative/stranger

I'm seeking gift ideas for a 30-year-old male I'll be meeting for the first time at his birthday celebration. [more inside]
posted by headnsouth to Shopping at 10:52 AM - 10 answers

Backed a kickstarter campaign for a lgs, now I get to name a table. Help

I backed a kickstarter campaign for a local game store cafe and one of the prizes is getting to name one of the game tables that will be in the store. Fellow gamers, I need help! There are no restrictions, but obviously keep it clean.
posted by okieangel to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 10:17 AM - 27 answers

making crochet, tying knots in the clothesline

Can you help me put together a list of crochet blogs and instructional videos that explain in painstaking detail -- like, looped super-close-up slow-motion detail -- how to a) stitch something other than Ch, Sc, and Dc and b) make some simple crocheted gifts? [more inside]
posted by divined by radio to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 10:10 AM - 8 answers

How do we survive an extensive home remodel?

We just bought a new house. Yay! It needs a LOT of work. Boo. How do we make it through the next year with our sanity intact? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky to Human Relations at 10:06 AM - 14 answers

is 3.5 hrs enough time to do anything with in/near Brussels airport?

I'm changing planes in Brussels, on a Monday later in Sept. One flight lands at 11:55, the other takes off at 15:35. My feeling is that I won't have enough time to do anything worthwhile, and I should just bring a book and wait it out. Is that correct? Bonus question: is there anywhere you'd recommend to sit & wait, in or near the airport?
posted by rd45 to Travel & Transportation at 9:42 AM - 9 answers

Things to do in Vannes, France this fall

What should I do/see during my two month stay in Vannes, France (Brittany)? [more inside]
posted by theRussian to Travel & Transportation at 9:33 AM - 5 answers

It's all in the name

I'm going from employed to being a freelancer. So now I need a name for myself. Details under the fold. [more inside]
posted by hz37 to Work & Money at 9:32 AM - 2 answers

What to do with Mangled Blinds?

When my wife and I bought our house two years ago, almost all the windows came furnished with custom, wooden blinds of high quality, and I assume, high price. Our lil' devil cat made short work of most of them, however, systematically chewing all the bits of connective string he could get at. Now we have a bunch of half-ruined blinds and loose wooden slats. I'm not sure what to do with this mess. [more inside]
posted by picea to Home & Garden at 9:10 AM - 10 answers

Help me make a playlist of the best driving songs from 1978-1985!

I'm making a huge playlist of songs from 1978-1985 that represent the best of all music from that time period THAT ARE GOOD TO LISTEN TO WHILE DRIVING -- groovy, upbeat, etc. [more inside]
posted by topsykretts to Media & Arts at 9:10 AM - 34 answers

Podcasts on addiction and substance abuse? (Series or single episodes)

I listened to the two episodes of You Made It Weird where Harris Wittels talked about his experiences with drugs, heroin, and rehab. What other nonfiction podcasts are like this? [more inside]
posted by cadge to Media & Arts at 9:09 AM - 5 answers

What's the least stressful way to get from Western Mass to Boston?

Tomorrow I have a meeting on Beacon St. in the mid-afternoon. I'm coming from Western Mass. I have a car and I'm happy to drive most of the way but I really hate and fear driving in downtown Boston. What are my best options for avoiding that? I'm looking for good park-and-ride locations, mostly, preferrably cheap, that I can take the T from.
posted by chaiminda to Travel & Transportation at 8:36 AM - 14 answers

Has anyone rented a car from Sixt at Boston Logan airport?

Need feedback on renting a car from Sixt at BOS... [more inside]
posted by docpops to Travel & Transportation at 7:52 AM - 6 answers

Where can I find a support group in Boston for people with depression?

I am currently living in the outskirts of Boston (Waltham area) and am able to commute to the city very readily. I am looking for a support group, of the type that is similar to AA, where individuals are in a collective environment and discuss their struggles with depression and other affective mood disorders. The only things I have been able to find are group sessions that are part of a doctor’s treatment which cost money that I currently do not have. [more inside]
posted by caudal to Health & Fitness at 7:51 AM - 3 answers

What do you do with your sweet red peppers?

I've had too many sweet red peppers go to waste because we don't use them that often (more on that inside). Should I freeze them? What are your favorite recipes that feature these lovely things? [more inside]
posted by taz to Food & Drink at 7:25 AM - 27 answers

Why is the focus in applying to jobs to be the same as everyone else?

We are working on our resumes, cover letters, and interview skills in college. What I can't help but feel frustrated and at times bewildered about is how the emphasis is always on assimilation, or to be like everyone else. [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend to Work & Money at 7:00 AM - 47 answers

Help me remember a kung fu movie with two one-armed swordsmen

Trying to track down a movie I hazily recall watching as a kid. Watched on USA Network's Kung Fu Theater in the 80s, so it's probably from the 70s, early 80s at latest. Our hero is a young swordsmen who at one point faces a pair of one-armed swordsman on a bridge. I think the final boss also used his hair as a weapon as a big surprise, but that also describes a dozen movies. Ring any bells?
posted by cramer to Media & Arts at 7:00 AM - 2 answers

"Inside-out":Too gooey for a movie date?

I recently had an interesting first coffee date with a girl. We discovered that we shared an interest in psychology and human behaviour and spent hours speaking about it. I'm thinking of inviting her to the movies next. I've found that the cartoon "Inside-out"(which explains the workings of human emotions) might be of interest to both of us. However, I wonder whether an invitation to watch a cartoon (even when "Inside-out" seems to have a serious message) might be seen as, to be frank, "unmanly". We are in our early-to-mid 20s.
posted by samufer to Human Relations at 6:56 AM - 43 answers

Help me sleep at night!

I have a new apartment. There are lovely big windows, but there aren't any curtains - and the rod is so flimsy that it likely can only support the lightest of linens. Unfortunately, there is a big orange streetlight directly outside, and that leads to sleepless nights. What color and material of curtain might mitigate this issue? [more inside]
posted by Conspire to Home & Garden at 6:18 AM - 25 answers

Fuzzy pants be gone!

I have a pair of Calvin Klein suit pants that have a patch that's gone fuzzy on one hip/outer thigh. I think the velcro closure on my bag rubbed against it during a commute. It's not pilled, like a sweater, but fuzzy. Looking around, I have seen recommendations for how to deal with sweater pilling but not fuzzy pants. Are sweater de-pillers OK for this problem? Lint brush and sticky tape did nothing. Pants are a poly blend. Thanks in advance for any tips!
posted by macadamiaranch to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 6:16 AM - 2 answers

Rolling over a really old 401k

I realized recently that I have a 401k from a previous job many years ago that I haven't rolled over. What should I do? I know YANML, but are there any legal issues here? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels to Work & Money at 5:27 AM - 14 answers