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January 31

Spoil "Frog Music" for me.

Have you read "Frog Music" by Emma Donoghue? Can you spoil it for me? (Spoilers, probably, inside.) [more inside]
posted by Ollie to Media & Arts at 1:33 PM - 1 answer

In this corner, the current champion, WordPress. And in this corner...

I'm about to rebrand my blog (and give it some activity). It's on WordPress.com, which seems the blogging platform most recommended to previous askers, and it's the one I chose when starting said blog,but since I'm a very special snowflake, I'd like to have that perception challenged and see if there's something else out there that's better for me. [more inside]
posted by Promethea to Computers & Internet at 1:26 PM - 0 answers

When to say when on used car maintenance costs?

I'm looking at yet another maintenance issue on my expensive-but-fun (and 100% paid off) sporty car. I'm starting to think the maintenance overhead trumps the value, and looking for advice on knowing when to say when, in terms of cutting my losses and buying another vehicle. [more inside]
posted by Alterscape to Travel & Transportation at 12:57 PM - 6 answers

70s children's animated short film w men and women on separate islands

I'm trying to find a film that was shown to me when I was in first grade in 1976. It was a stop-motion animation film that was about a situation where all the men live on one island and all the women live on another island. They attempt to come together, but there is the difficulty of getting from one island to the other to contend with. The look of the film was like Gumby - it may have been claymation, but I'm not sure. Any ideas?
posted by cmp4Meta to Media & Arts at 12:46 PM - 0 answers

Everything reminds me of my shortcomings.

I've posted plenty about struggles with bipolar/anxiety/ptsd. This post definitely relates to those issues, but I am NOT seeking treatment advice here, as I've got that covered. Really, I just want help coping with some current symptoms (reframing things or new ways to just do things anyway) and hopefully figuring out how to at least do some of the things I ostensibly enjoy. More below the cut. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe to Grab Bag at 12:18 PM - 2 answers

Chicago: Find someone to build a cat's scratching post

How do I find someone in Chicago who can cut an area rug into strips, and then affix it to a 4' tall rectangular block of wood? Please don't suggest D-I-Y, because I have no tools and less-than-no skills. [more inside]
posted by tzikeh to Grab Bag at 12:15 PM - 4 answers

More happy fun dancing videos please!

I love watching Urban Dance Camp videos on YouTube. What else should I watch? [more inside]
posted by heatherann to Media & Arts at 12:02 PM - 2 answers

Mid-aught and fraught

What would your local indie/alt rock station be playing in 2005? Please give me that (with more specifications after the cut). [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate to Media & Arts at 11:47 AM - 11 answers

An ounce of prevention

Is it possible or practical for me to get immediate care for a psychiatric non-emergency? Location: Los Angeles. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow to Health & Fitness at 10:41 AM - 10 answers

Benefits, to majority group members, of being in a minority at school?

Do members of majority groups benefit from going to schools where they are in a minority? [more inside]
posted by howfar to Society & Culture at 8:48 AM - 16 answers

Experience with a home warranty claim?

What am I likely to get as a "replacement credit" for a home warranty claim on a broken washing machine? Bonus question: any recommendations on replacement models or replacing the set vs. just washer? [more inside]
posted by handful of rain to Home & Garden at 8:40 AM - 2 answers

Looking for the cadillac of loofahs

What's the best thing I can use to wash my body? [more inside]
posted by joeyjoejoejr to Shopping at 7:44 AM - 12 answers

New laptop: Macbook or ... something else?

The time has come for a new computer. I've owned 3 laptops, all Macs. This one has lasted me 7 years, but it's getting to the point that I can't run, for instance, the latest version of Safari because it's not available for my device. Plus it's getting old and overheats quickly - I can't watch videos, and pages with a ton of photos are a PITA to open, and I can only open about 2 tabs before it starts to wheeze. [more inside]
posted by bunderful to Computers & Internet at 6:50 AM - 24 answers

Can anyone suggest a chess game that won't slaughter me?

People advised Rybka. It has difficulty settings! I'm not a beginner, but playing against a computer that can slaughter me effortlessly is dispiriting. [more inside]
posted by Opengreen to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 5:33 AM - 1 answer

British actress's onstage veiled insult against an American actress

Which British actress was it insulting which American actress onstage by replacing the word "can't" in all her dialogue? [more inside]
posted by johnofjack to Human Relations at 5:30 AM - 1 answer

Near-death anxiety

I recently had pretty big health scare. I am recovering now, but I am still very freaked out about how close I just came to dying. [more inside]
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper to Health & Fitness at 3:56 AM - 12 answers

Can anyone translate the Georgian lyrics to this Giya Kancehli song?

Here is the song, entitled "Yellow Leaves" I looked high and low and couldn't find an English translation. Any help appreciated. Even better, if you find (or translate) - laying out the Georgian and English lyric line-by-line would be awesome. Many thanks, in advance, for any help on this!
posted by Vibrissae to Media & Arts at 2:34 AM - 2 answers

This time, to the Antipodes*! What to do in Cape Town?

I will be in Cape Town for work February 21-March 1. I would love suggestions for must-see or must-dos on the weekends, and suggestions for dinner or evening activities during the week, in case I get some time away from the office. [more inside]
posted by susiswimmer to Travel & Transportation at 2:09 AM - 1 answer

Where to find a privacy-oriented fitness/sleep tracker?

Where can I find a (preferably worn-on-the-wrist) activity tracker that doesn't compromise my privacy by sending data into the cloud (or, if it goes into the cloud, only my personal password protected one)? [more inside]
posted by Gowellja to Health & Fitness at 1:10 AM - 3 answers

Nude selfie tips ?

My boyfriend is abroad for 4 weeks and is requesting nude pics. I am more than happy to oblige but I don't know where to start, and my few attempts have been not sexy... So, give me your nude selfie tips! [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Media & Arts at 12:39 AM - 18 answers

Seeing two physical therapists at once - is it OK?

I've been seeing a PT for 3 months who is covered entirely by insurance. They provide ultrasound, etc., but not much else. I want to see another PT to get better treatment and pay out of pocket. Would it be OK to continue seeing the insurance-covered PT for ultrasound and e-stem once a week and pay out of pocket to go to the other PT once a week? Would my insurance company frown on this if they found out?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness at 12:33 AM - 6 answers

January 30

What anime is this?

Sorry if This is dumb to ask. But I've been wondering what this is.
posted by caplan to Media & Arts at 11:36 PM - 4 answers

Expanding fitness

I started running last year, and I really enjoy it! I've stayed relatively dedicated to the routine and genuinely look forward to it. However, I think I've pushed myself about as far as I need to with running and I'd love to expand my regiment with other activities, but I honestly don't really know anything about fitness and don't really have any friends to ask about it. [more inside]
posted by p3on to Health & Fitness at 10:28 PM - 13 answers

How do you leave work at work?

I started a new job a month ago and I've found myself getting worried about if I'm doing a good job or not, if my boss likes me, if my coworkers like me, etc. when I'm not working. How can I just let these thoughts go and quit worrying so much? [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise to Work & Money at 9:15 PM - 9 answers

How to explain on cover letter I've just started a year off?

I started a year off a month ago to take some courses I've been interested in and do some travelling too. A PT position in my old industry has come up in the city I'll be studying in. This city is also the city I've always wanted to live in, which is why I'm making an exception to apply for this. How do I explain this year off on my cover letter? [more inside]
posted by glache to Work & Money at 8:45 PM - 10 answers

I'm leaving and not coming back-- how do I do this?

I'm on FMLA leave for a health condition, and I am using accrued paid sick leave to pay my customary paycheck. I got a new job starting two days before my leave ends, and I can't come back. My health condition will not prevent me from working at the new job. I'd like to give as much notice as possible, but I want to protect myself from any recovery of benefits or major consequences. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 8:43 PM - 3 answers

Where the hell is my electricity going?!?

We live in a 3BR townhouse. Our electricity usage spiked really dramatically in December, and it's stayed up in January. I cannot fathom what is causing such a spike, but I don't know a lot about electricity usage. Details below. [more inside]
posted by juniperesque to Home & Garden at 8:26 PM - 38 answers

What's this song? Taped an hour of radio in 1983.

For the past thirty years I've been trying to identify every song on a cassette tape I made from the radio. I have now found them all, except one. Can anyone tell me what the artist and title of this song is? I have only two seconds of audio here. Here’s the backstory behind my pointless three decade old mission… [more inside]
posted by Italian Radio to Media & Arts at 8:25 PM - 3 answers

Babby Middle Name Filter

Hey Green, need some help with naming my newborn. We came up with first name some time ago, but not middle name. And since she has now been born this became a more pressing issue. First name - Zoe, last name - long, russian/jewish, something like, but not, Shostakovich. Trying to find something that flows/sounds good. Bonus points - starts with a V or an F. Potentially OK with more obscure names.
posted by pyro979 to Human Relations at 7:41 PM - 65 answers

How do I make a bad experience not be a big problem?

If you skim my question history, you'll notice that I have anxiety about medications that might make me feel high, extra-alert, whatever. Today at the dentist I got a few nice big shots of epinephrine as an additional painkiller and they fucked me up--sobbing panic attack for a couple hours, not fun. I'm feeling mostly okay now, but really don't want to have this bad experience turn into another point of anxiety for me. What can I do to make this just a crappy morning instead of a Big Deal that gets added to my (brief but potent) list of triggers? [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs to Health & Fitness at 6:23 PM - 9 answers

wtf is a somatic reflection?

I thought a somatic reflection was something like when you looked at an image of someone working out and your heart rate accelerated as you thought about doing what the person was doing. [more inside]
posted by spunweb to Health & Fitness at 6:20 PM - 4 answers

Podcast recommendations, please!

I've started listening to podcasts on my daily one-hour-each-way commute. I'm enjoying StoryCorps, This American Life, and Pop Culture Happy Hour so far. What other podcasts might I enjoy? Bonus points for content relating to books/authors(But NOT podcasts of authors reading their work--I can listen to audiobooks for that!)--but I'm open to other topics. I'm not really into advice-type programs or comedy--funny is fine, but not comedy as the main draw. Thanks in advance--I know you'll steer me towards some great stuff!
posted by bookmammal to Grab Bag at 6:19 PM - 26 answers

Is financial issues in a relationship a deal breaker?

Been in a relationship with my partner for 2 years. I'm 26 and he is 28. We don't live together yet but have talked about it a couple of times throughout our relationship along with talking about having children. I make more money than him but he refuses to let me pay for dates, so we don't do as much as I would like to. He is responsible with money but barely has any disposable income. His expenses seem to be much higher than mine. Are financial issues a deal breaker in a relationship? [more inside]
posted by ruebeignet to Human Relations at 5:21 PM - 26 answers

Are we overthinking this? - Apartment Purchasing - Brooklyn Style

My husband and I are saving for a down payment for an apartment. We (as many people in our income bracket) are feeling the heat of just not having enough to compete in the market. Hoping to cut through the rabble and get some feedback on recent buying experiences from people who have been successful in going through the process. We have some specific issues that we are hoping to get feedback on, contained within... [more inside]
posted by carmenghia to Home & Garden at 5:19 PM - 3 answers

Where can I buy a small bowl planter with drainage holes?

I can't seem to find a planter like this anywhere. [more inside]
posted by donut_princess to Home & Garden at 5:16 PM - 3 answers

Need top-notch jewelry repair person to repair star sapphire ring

I have a ring with three star sapphires set in a very simple gold setting. I need to find the right person to swap out a stone, and fix a poor repair job done years ago. It's hard to find someone who knows/works with star sapphires. How do I find a truly trustworthy specialist? The ring has enormous sentimental value and there's already been one botched repair job. [more inside]
posted by ROTFL to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 4:24 PM - 1 answer

What SF book from the 60s or 70s had spiked baseballs?

I am trying to remember the name or author of a paperback SF book I read in the 1970s. From the tone, I'm pretty sure it's a late 60s or 70s publication. Memories inside: [more inside]
posted by Mogur to Grab Bag at 3:40 PM - 2 answers

How to split a large XML file into more manageable pieces?

I have a large XML file with 30+ million elements. For reasons, I'd like to break it down into more manageable chunks, say like 1 million elements per file or 30 files or something like that. Are there any utilities that can do this?
posted by disaster77 to Computers & Internet at 3:33 PM - 11 answers

Hobbies for the one-handed

Recently, I took up knitting and guitar to keep me occupied. This week, I broke my dominant/writing hand--entire arm is completely unusable down to elbow, after surgery and splinting, and this'll continue for at least 4 weeks, if not more. Are there any hobbies that can be done one-handed in the meantime, to keep me from getting incredibly bored? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 3:02 PM - 16 answers

I need a style icon

I need a style icon. I'm a mid-30s married mom to a toddler who works in a casual office at a desk all day. What am I supposed to look like? [more inside]
posted by jillithd to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 2:58 PM - 10 answers

FREE BEER! Okay, now let’s talk about Corporate Treasury…

My wife works in Corporate Treasury and has been considering creating a blog that discusses the intricacies of that career. One reason she wants to do this is because she cannot seem to locate any similar blogs or forums on this topic. So is anyone out there in any way connected to this realm and, if so, do you have any recommendations for her new endeavor? Also, if there are some noteworthy resources you think might be helpful, feel free to post them. Much thanks.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI to Work & Money at 2:48 PM - 1 answer

I think my child has a sensory processing disorder. Now what?

Micropanda (4) is sweet, bright, kind, and empathetic. He is also hypersensitive to sound, messy fingers, car motion, and water temperature, among other things. He had a rocky transition to preschool this fall - he behaves ok at school, but appears to exhaust his coping skills there, and has become volatile and meltdown-prone at home. Some deficiencies in his gross motor skills are also becoming apparent. I am becoming increasingly convinced that he has a sensory processing disorder with a motor component. On advice of our pediatrician, we have recently started him in once-weekly occupational therapy. I am wondering what other steps I need to be taking. Wall of snowflakes within. [more inside]
posted by telepanda to Human Relations at 2:25 PM - 16 answers

Should I start a blog?

Should I blog even though I don't know anybody who blogs, and would start with zero followers, and not even sure if people would like to see what I have to offer? [more inside]
posted by akita to Human Relations at 1:46 PM - 20 answers

Best public transit route from Berkeley to Menlo Park, CA

I'm in Berkeley right now (near the Ashby BART station) and am headed down to Menlo Park this afternoon/early evening (today, Friday). It looks like there are two ways I can go: through San Francisco via rail the whole way, or along the East Bay via rail and then via bus across the Dumbarton Bridge. What's the easiest and/or quickest way? [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell to Travel & Transportation at 1:41 PM - 9 answers

Getting some creepy calls - is there a way to find out who it is?

Recently I have been getting random calls asking me for personal information in connection to business things which are private. When I ask whom is calling they hang up. This is to a private number I only give out to a handful of people. Is there a service online which will give me the name of the person associated with a number? (Based in Canada).
posted by audio to Computers & Internet at 1:17 PM - 8 answers

Freezer backup power that won't make a stink?

My employers are looking into obtaining some sort of emergency backup power for a couple of specific, large appliances. Assuming gas generators are not an option, what would a person use to provide a couple hours of power for, say, a freezer capable of pulling 15 amps when the compressor turns on? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin to Technology at 12:58 PM - 10 answers

Music suggestions like early Stooges

What bands can you recommend that sound similar to early "Fun House" era Stooges? [more inside]
posted by subtlemel to Media & Arts at 12:00 PM - 16 answers

JFK long-term parking and the snowstorm: how to get my car out?

What do I need to do to get my car out of the snow at the Lefferts Blvd parking lot? [more inside]
posted by kosmonaut to Travel & Transportation at 11:54 AM - 8 answers

Why is mTAN secure?

You have an app from your bank on your phone which lets you access your account and make payments. To verify payments you receive an mTAN SMS. Why is it not a terrible, terrible idea that both of these things are happening on the same device? [more inside]
posted by devnull to Computers & Internet at 11:52 AM - 7 answers

non-viral hepatitis-- possible causes?

My sister/roommate travelled to Turkey for two weeks about a month ago and is now hospitalized for acute hepatitis. She became symptomatic about 28 days after the trip. She also recently took a prescribed antibiotics with known liver toxicity. Doctors said that the cause is not viral, and "most likely Turkey," and I don't know what that means. [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree to Health & Fitness at 11:41 AM - 14 answers

How do I email my job references

My academic and professional references have asked me to keep them informed of what jobs I'm applying to, both so that they have a heads-up, and so that they can let me know if they've been called. I haven't been very good at doing this consistently because I don't know how to phrase that email. [more inside]
posted by wrabbit to Work & Money at 11:40 AM - 7 answers

Podcasts (and blogs) about contemporary classical music?

Are there podcasts about the contemporary classical / alt classical / new music / experimental music scene? Particularly interviews with composers and musicians, talk about the music, and so forth; as opposed to playlists of the music itself. WNYC's Soundcheck and other public radio podcasts sometimes touch on this kind of stuff, but I want more! And not just John Adams and John Luther Adams all the time. Blog recommendations also welcome, but podcasts seem like a perfect format for talking about music.
posted by moonmilk to Media & Arts at 11:34 AM - 6 answers

How to encourage a 9-year-old's charitable nature?

I was incredibly touched to learn that my goddaughter has decided that in lieu of a birthday party she's inviting all of her guests to a local book repository to sort, sticker, and bag books destined for low-income families. I love this and want to do something for her birthday to help encourage more of this kind of thing in the future. Help me choose from some options or suggest something else: [more inside]
posted by eamondaly to Human Relations at 11:02 AM - 29 answers

Examples of great black-and-white art and artists

I want to learn how to draw great black and white art. Composition, contrast, light, shadow, all the good stuff. I'm trying to gather good samples to learn from. [more inside]
posted by jgwong to Media & Arts at 10:22 AM - 16 answers

Surely there are better songs than "American Pie"?

To observe the anniversary of The Day The Music Died, can you recommend songs about Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens or the Big Bopper? [more inside]
posted by kendrak to Media & Arts at 10:08 AM - 11 answers

Examples of innovative, conceptually radical uses of paper?

After listening to this WFMU program about the legal turmoil created by the introduction of player piano rolls, I'm curious to find other examples, historical or current, in which paper has been either modified or radically repurposed to do things that were previously the domain of other technologies. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard to Technology at 9:39 AM - 14 answers

Medical residency interview communication etiquette

A friend from another country, but now legally in the US, is applying for medical residencies. He was told by a classmate to thank the various people who have interviewed him for residencies by sending a thank you card. What kind of card? Or is a short letter better? Mefite MDs, what do you think?
posted by mareli to Education at 9:38 AM - 19 answers

nerd alert: the history of duplexes

not sure if this is the case in other areas, but where i live there are zillions of one-bedroom duplexes built in the 1920s. why the sudden duplex housing boom in the 20s? and why are they all single bedrooms - were they meant for singles or couples without kids? i've googled and googled and can't find the answer, so hopefully one of y'all knows!
posted by megan_magnolia to Home & Garden at 9:22 AM - 20 answers

Free, flexible, easy-to-use concept-mapping software?

I'm looking for a concept-mapping tool that offers (1) considerable flexibility in terms of spatial positioning of nodes, nature of links (not just strictly hierarchical trees in a single direction) (2) somewhat customizable colors and fonts (and ideally, shapes as well), and (3) export/save to PDF or JPG capabilities. You'd be surprised how hard it is to find this program. [more inside]
posted by Bardolph to Computers & Internet at 9:11 AM - 8 answers

Anxiety/ADHD in Boston

I was diagnosed with anxiety and ADHD out of state. Where could I go in Boston to get meds as quickly as possible? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu to Health & Fitness at 9:01 AM - 8 answers

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