November 25

Picture Book ID question! Girl shrinks, plays in dinner...

When I was very young I would check a picture book out from the library; very vivid memory and can't for the life of me find it! Probably published in the '70s, it was at my public library in California in the mid-'80s. Details inside... [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 to Media & Arts at 4:36 PM - 0 answers

The holiday question you've been waiting for: Cat diarrhea :(

How do I handle my poor cat's diarrhea? Specifically, how do I clean up the poor guy? [more inside]
posted by slidell to Pets & Animals at 4:01 PM - 5 answers

Algorithm for accommodating multiple preferences about work groups?

A person is asked to select five other people from among a larger group of, say, 90 people with whom they would particularly like to work. Each of the other 89 people does the same thing. An overseer is charged with forming three groups of 30 people each (give or take one or two people, if that makes it easier) that best accommodates the most preferences. What algorithm would the overseer use? [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi to Science & Nature at 3:58 PM - 2 answers

DIY Gift ideas for engineer employees?

Hi all! I am a start-up founder and engineer, and am looking for some ideas to build/make something for my awesome and hardworking engineer employees for the holidays. My google-fu fails to find what I need. [more inside]
posted by TessaGal to Grab Bag at 2:59 PM - 9 answers

The Temptation Playlist

I am looking for songs about temptation, particularly those that wrestle with the question of how to do right by all parties involved. [more inside]
posted by Michele in California to Media & Arts at 12:57 PM - 22 answers

Can I get landline caller ID on a cell phone?

Caller ID on landlines typically shows the name of the person or business calling. Caller ID on cell phones only shows the name if you have it in your cell phone contact list. Otherwise it just shows the number. Why the difference? [more inside]
posted by alms to Technology at 12:42 PM - 6 answers

Upgrading PC for current games

My PC is getting old. Help me decide on a cost-effective upgrade that will improve my gaming experience. [more inside]
posted by pipeski to Computers & Internet at 12:39 PM - 11 answers

Tell me all about renting in Denver!

I'm moving to Denver in a few months, and am looking for a two-bedroom apartment near light rail. I would love any tips on the Denver rental market. [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite to Home & Garden at 12:29 PM - 5 answers

A game about therapy for stuffed animals?

I remember a few years back playing a game about trying to cure stuffed animals with emotional problems. It was really sweet and delightful. I remember there being a hippo pencil case and a stuffed snake. Does anyone know what I'm talking about?
posted by Laura_J to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 12:25 PM - 2 answers

Neither fish nor fowl nor good red herring

My new beau is an awesome cook. Yay! So am I. Yay! He's pescetarian, I'm a meat-loving, fish-hating former vegetarian. Carb-heavy meals make me fat and, frankly, are probably making him fat, too. So ... what sort of meals can we make together/for one another? [more inside]
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet to Food & Drink at 12:22 PM - 10 answers

We're going to be new home buyers and we have some downpayment questions

My wife and I are buying a house and our possession date is on December 4. My brother is my lawyer who will close the deal on the house. We're driving up from Regina to Saskatoon this weekend. This is our first house. He sometimes thinks he's given clear instructions when he hasn't and he'll end up blaming us for not reading his mind. My brother said I need to bring my cheque book, but he wasn't willing to answer why he needs the cheques. My wife and I are assuming that they're for both processing fees and for the down payment. If they are for a down payment too, should my wife and I move our money from our non-chequing accounts to our chequing accounts? Or will my brother only need void cheques, so that he can then obtain from funds directly from all my accounts at a later date (my tax free savings account and my chequing account, my wife's separate accounts)? Will it also be fine to have two cheques for the down payment (one from my wife and one from I)?
posted by DetriusXii to Home & Garden at 12:15 PM - 9 answers

An office gift that keeps on giving

I have a staff of 25 and I'm looking for a holiday gift that will give everyone a little lift every day they are at the office. In the past, my go-to gift was gift cards, but they seem so impersonal and forgettable. Some ideas that come to mind are: - new Keurigs and stock an assortment of coffees, teas, and ciders - snack cabinet and stock it with snacks and drinks - personalized stationery [more inside]
posted by jraz to Work & Money at 12:06 PM - 18 answers

How to navigate the 'current boss as work reference' Catch-22?

I would have to break a small teaching contract to take a much more stable and lucrative admin job I interviewed for at the same university. I haven't told my current supervisor that I'm looking for other work, but the application form required me to put them down as a reference. What should I do if HR gives me the heads-up that they are going to call my references? [more inside]
posted by Beardman to Work & Money at 11:47 AM - 4 answers

Rehabilitating feet from high heel use?

I used to walk in heels, run in heels, practically sleep in heels, and its finally caught up to me. Help? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 to Health & Fitness at 11:06 AM - 9 answers

Have you ever smelled a wompee?

Picked up a preserved fruit called "honey wompee" at the Asian market. It smells exactly like something. Help me figure out what that something is. [more inside]
posted by babelfish to Food & Drink at 10:43 AM - 8 answers

Lack of references

What to do if I don't have a lot of work exp/references during the job search? [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit to Work & Money at 10:42 AM - 6 answers

Burn, baby Burn.....

My husband closed up the flue to our wood burning fire this morning and then left for work.... the fire wasn't completely out and the whole house got engulfed in smoke. Luckily, we have excellent neighbours and everything is absolutely fine... but I'm feeling frustrations and would like some help as to how to not lose my sh*t when I get home tonight! [more inside]
posted by JenThePro to Human Relations at 10:36 AM - 30 answers

Can I automate sending emails in Gmail one at a time?

I'd like to send the same email to a group of about 40 people, but instead of sending it BCC with me in the "to" field, I'd really like to send it individually to each person. Is there a way to automate this? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque to Computers & Internet at 10:26 AM - 3 answers

Being productive and creative with brain fog

Hi everyone, I've found a few posts about brain fog, but more about being diagnosed, rather than coping with it. I am taking steps to cure it, but need to be functional till I sort it out. What can I try? [more inside]
posted by Dorothea_in_Rome to Health & Fitness at 10:17 AM - 5 answers

Where can I find coffee mugs similar to this?

We used to have six of these, now that I chipped one we are down to two. [more inside]
posted by elf27 to Home & Garden at 10:03 AM - 9 answers

Question for eyeball or wound care enthusiasts. Pink inner bit.

This question is moderately gross (not for those averse to eye related things [I know y'all are out there!]): [more inside]
posted by unicornologist to Health & Fitness at 10:02 AM - 2 answers

What camera do I want, 2015 edition

Time for me to upgrade from the combination of a Canon point-and-shoot, and the camera on my phone. What camera is a good next step for an aspiring photographer? [more inside]
posted by vignettist to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 9:46 AM - 15 answers

Road Trip Turkey or Go Turkey, Go!

So, grandpa can't make it here for Thanksgiving this year - he's in hospice care. Last minute we've decided to take Thanksgiving to him. Does anyone have suggestions for how to take the meal mobile? [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio to Food & Drink at 9:33 AM - 5 answers

attila the hun book recommednation request

Can I have a book recommendation about Attila that you have read?
posted by M83 to Education at 9:11 AM - 3 answers

Nice simple mp3 player good for running?

I want to buy my mother an mp3 player for Christmas, to use while she's running or walking on the track. I always just use my phone so I have no idea what's out there! I would also need some kind of arm band or something so she can wear it comfortably. [more inside]
posted by silverstatue to Shopping at 9:06 AM - 11 answers

Thank a Farmer: Font identification, please?

At the bottom of this blog post is a sign that says "If you ate today, THANK A FARMER." Can you name the font, please? [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes to Media & Arts at 6:37 AM - 8 answers

Font ID help

A friend is trying to remember the name of the font she used in her logo. Do any of you recognize it? I tried Identifont and WhatTheFont but had no luck. [more inside]
posted by belladonna to Media & Arts at 5:48 AM - 4 answers

Photo printer

I'm looking for a reliable photo printer for infrequent, spontaneous use. [more inside]
posted by rouftop to Shopping at 12:29 AM - 12 answers

November 24

How do I write an amazing letter of intent?

I'm a pharmacy student pursuing post-grad training. How do I write a strong letter of intent to convince program directors that I'm the best person for the position? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Education at 11:17 PM - 2 answers

So my freelance article got killed -- now what?

I had a freelance pitch accepted from a major national outlet. For various reasons, the editor didn't like it after I wrote it. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 11:17 PM - 7 answers

Girls und Panzer movie

Any Mefite Otaku who live in Japan: have you seen the Girls und Panzer movie that hit the theaters last Saturday? Care to answer some questions about it? [more inside]
posted by Chocolate Pickle to Media & Arts at 10:38 PM - 0 answers

Help my flea-addled kitty

I've recently learned that my cat is severely allergic to fleas, which means he can spend hours and hours grooming. I put Revolution on him monthly, but it's not enough. There are way too many other factors here, and I listed them in all their glory after the jump. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe to Pets & Animals at 10:23 PM - 16 answers

Becoming okay with the slow pace of change

In my quest for instant gratification, I lose patience with the fact that projects, goals, and behavioral changes often take a long time and require boring, repetitive actions. Positive change can seem imperceptible in the moment. [more inside]
posted by delight to Grab Bag at 7:03 PM - 11 answers

Inner ear/fungal infection/Candida diet

I have a chronic inner ear fungal infection which was diagnosed 10 years ago and have a couple questions about diet. [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri to Health & Fitness at 6:18 PM - 7 answers

How can I buy a set of Italian china mostly marketed to restaurants?

I fell in love with some hotel china while in Italy made by Schönhuber Franchi. Since coming back to the U.S. I've emailed their contact form (no response) and called them on the phone (language barrier - they couldn't understand my very poor italian) but their website suggests they primarily sell to restaurants. I'm at a loss: how can I manage to purchase a set of this china?
posted by arnicae to Shopping at 6:07 PM - 8 answers

Best similar boardgame to Betrayal at House on the Hill for two people?

Recently at a friend's house we played Betrayal at House on the Hill and my husband really liked it a lot. He enjoyed the cooperative element, the suspense about what the Haunt would be and who would be the traitor, and the flip from one style of gameplay to another halfway through. He especially liked the procedural storytelling aspect, as he is a big RPG fan. I am thinking of giving him this game for Christmas, but I'd rather find something similar that works better with two players. [more inside]
posted by lollusc to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 5:50 PM - 12 answers

Santa vs. the ANC? Huh?

Am I missing a non-racist current political or cultural South African nuance in this internet thingy? An acquaintance "shared" an, uh, thing, on Facebook and I'm not sure I understand the nuance, if any (i.e. is this just a "haha Black people aren't taken seriously" or is this a legitimate political commentary on the ANC, e.g. corruption or whatever else I'm ignorant of?). [more inside]
posted by Pax to Society & Culture at 5:19 PM - 10 answers

Do I need to debrief this brief relationship?

Long story short, a guy I met online sent me a text saying that he was in love with me, after our first date. I talked to him about it and he seemed to understand that it was too much too soon and it made me uncomfortable. It kept happening (he was texting, emailing, calling, talking about how much he missed me and about "us"), all within a month. During that time, he gave me a beautiful piece of art. About a week later, I broke it off. Now he's calling me asking for the piece of art back and asking what went wrong. [more inside]
posted by bright and shiny to Human Relations at 5:08 PM - 42 answers

When that I relax into a mood, my eyes do smart at thoughts of blood.

I have.."unwanted thoughts syndrome", or something and it seems to come up mainly when I am trying to relax or meditate. I am trying to understand why. [more inside]
posted by bird internet to Grab Bag at 4:43 PM - 11 answers

A two-part question about cheating

For those who have been cheated on: how did you deal with the heartbreak? For those who have cheated: how did you deal with the guilt? Would like to hear from those who were in very long-term relationships (10+ years) and whose relationships did not survive. [more inside]
posted by puppet du sock to Human Relations at 4:30 PM - 20 answers

Final Score: 71-9. In a Youth Basketball game? Really?

I attended a nephew's basketball game at the end of last season. It was an age 10-12 league. My nephew's team was the losing one. I was upset by the final score and the tactics the opposing team used. I am hoping mefites more knowledgeable about Basketball can weigh in and tell me whether this was as outrageous as I feel it was or explain whether I am missing some part of Basketball. [more inside]
posted by You Get A Favorite For Being A Snowflake to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 2:50 PM - 32 answers

Adulting 101: Business Casual

I'm moving into a new position at work that requires me to do away with t-shirts and jeans, and become a little more business-y. I don't have to wear a suit and tie thankfully so it'll likely be collared shirts/slacks. Any tips for the transition? [more inside]
posted by aeighty to Society & Culture at 2:16 PM - 24 answers

Pet Sitting $$ in 2015?

How much is a reasonable amount to pay for pet sitting nowadays? My particulars inside. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa to Pets & Animals at 1:50 PM - 35 answers

Living with an elderly electric oven?

Do you have any practical tips for dealing with a '60s-era electric oven with temperature regulation problems? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena to Home & Garden at 1:27 PM - 13 answers

Looking for the name of a double CD from the early 90s.

I believe the cover had an illustration of a kid on a tricycle. And it was an independent breakout, double CD, by a guy who I believe was a carpenter or machine worker. It was singer/songwriter or style. It’s haunting me that I can’t remember.
posted by captainscared to Media & Arts at 1:11 PM - 2 answers

Wordpress Notification Bar for Twitter or similar?

I am looking for a Wordpress plugin (or service?) which will allow me to send a tweet and display it at the top of the page, with some caveats. [more inside]
posted by terrapin to Computers & Internet at 12:45 PM - 1 answer

Too many makeup samples!

I have a subscription to a couple of monthly beauty sample boxes (Birchbox for example). Most of the stuff I use, but I am rapidly gaining a surplus of some things I'll never be able to use up. What can I do with this excess beauty supply inventory? [more inside]
posted by Fig to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 12:36 PM - 30 answers

Why should I drink less--really?

First of all: I don't think this is a capital-p Problem with alcohol. I just like it--specifically wine--a lot, and I have some vague sense that I should cut down or stop. Much of this has to do with the fact that my partner is a recovering alcoholic and doesn't drink at all, so I have some guilt with my dinnertime glass even as he says he doesn't mind. I know, intellectually, that alcohol is bad, mmkay, but that knowledge does nothing for my decision-making. [more inside]
posted by witchen to Health & Fitness at 12:16 PM - 29 answers

Free wordpress themes - appearance somewhat comparable to divi or avada

Looking for a responsive wordpress theme that's quick loading, doesn't have a lot of bloat, and lets me use my own plugins (SEO, etc.). I used to work in the biz; that plus my current field and sometimes slightly particular aesthetics make a certain amount of customization inevitable. There's so much out there to weed through and many reviews/compilations aren't all that helpful.
posted by dancing leaves to Computers & Internet at 12:16 PM - 4 answers

Options for a 1-month Car Rental

I live in California but will be spending all of December in a small city in Tennessee. I need a car to get around the city and perhaps do one longer drive to Atlanta and back. I won't have a car available to borrow there. What kind of options would I have for transportation? [more inside]
posted by jason9009 to Travel & Transportation at 11:50 AM - 9 answers

Hannibal's TV house exterior architecture?

On TV's Hannibal, how would you characterize the exterior of Hannibal's house? Architecture-wise, but also history-wise? A UK friend would like to describe/discuss it in her fanfic, but is unfamiliar with US architecture/history. Images inside!: [more inside]
posted by theatro to Media & Arts at 11:19 AM - 11 answers

vegetarian Thanksgiving

Can you point me in the direction of some good butternut squash recipes that would work as the main dish at a small vegetarian Thanksgiving? [more inside]
posted by colfax to Food & Drink at 11:12 AM - 26 answers

Recommend a decent hard shell cello case within our budget?

Need to get a full size hard shell cello case for a nice cello without busting our $300-to-$500 budget, and could use some recommendations. [more inside]
posted by mosk to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 11:11 AM - 6 answers

Flour translation for oil-egg-flour-milk-leavening quick bread.

For my office, and for a Thursday food-related gathering, I would like to make one of my go-to quick bread recipes (almond poppyseed bread) but using one or several of these flours: almond; chickpea; lentil; and/or spelt. Is there a web site or flour translator that would help me re-work the recipe successfully? [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter to Food & Drink at 10:44 AM - 13 answers

looking for Work Plan/ Work Breakdown Structure and Logic Model Template

Hi Hive Mind I would like to create a work plan and a logic model for a project, and I am looking for resources/templates for a Work Plan/ Project Plan/ Work Breakdown Structure as well as a Logic Model. I am looking for something that is clean, easy and simple. I would prefer a Word doc over Excel. Would you have any templates that you have found useful in the past? I found this example, which I attached, and have been trying to tweak. Metahives do you have anything? Thanks!
posted by TRUELOTUS to Education at 10:42 AM - 1 answer

Songs where the singer vocalizes the instruments

I'm looking for songs where the singer vocalizes part of the instruments in the song. [more inside]
posted by Twicketface to Media & Arts at 8:55 AM - 57 answers

What is the best online fiction writing course?

I'm looking for maximum one-on-one coaching from an accomplished writer and teacher. It must be online. Expense is no object.
posted by markcmyers to Education at 8:47 AM - 7 answers

Help me find an APP for maintaining a waiting list

I need a SIMPLE ios App to maintain a waiting list of patients wanting to be seen in my (low-tech) psychotherapy solo practice. [more inside]
posted by Lylo to Technology at 8:41 AM - 7 answers

Trouble spending

I've always been very frugal and very unwilling to spend money. I recently lost 30 pounds and I'm in desperate need of new clothes, but I'm feeling tons of resistance to actually spending money. [more inside]
posted by dangerbird to Work & Money at 8:31 AM - 22 answers

best automatic cat feeder

It's been a while since this question has been asked (I think, unless my archive searching skills aren't so good), so here we are again: looking for recommendations for the best auto cat feeder out there. Parameters inside. [more inside]
posted by thereemix to Shopping at 8:27 AM - 17 answers