July 2

Does persistent back pain/tightness ever get "cured"?

I have had a persistently tight "knot" in my upper-right back for at least five years now, with the pain level varying over time. I've tried stretching, chiropractors, foam rollers/lacrosse balls, and massage off and on throughout the years. No permanent improvement. Will this ever get fixed, or will it be with me forever? Stories of hope would be much appreciated, and details + feelings of helplessness after the break. [more inside]
posted by Jacen Solo to Health & Fitness at 7:05 PM - 22 answers

What is is causing this allergic reaction?

My fiance breaks out in a rash/hives whenever when spend time outside in the spring and summer. What could be causing it and what can we do about it? [more inside]
posted by cirrostratus to Health & Fitness at 6:53 PM - 18 answers

Kiwis want to watch the Super15 final in Bay Area

I have Kiwi family visiting and it is critically important to them that they watch the Hurricanes play the Highlanders in tomorrow's Super15 final. Difficulty level: no cable tv, no known source of streaming, no known pubs or bars that will be open at 12.30 am and definitely playing this game. Expat Kiwis on Metafilter, help me not fail at this....Streaming ok, physical location also ok. Thanks!
posted by yogalemon to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 6:00 PM - 1 answer

TVFilter: ISO "family viewing" series

We have watched (it was a long winter) the entirety of Anne of Green Gables, Road to Avonlea, Wind at My Back, and Emily of New Moon. We (two adults, one almost 8 yr old) need a new, mildly addictive, not scary series, hopefully with a similar sort of flavour? [more inside]
posted by kmennie to Media & Arts at 5:30 PM - 21 answers

Date these sugar cubes

I found a very old box of Domino sugar cubes today and I am trying to get a better estimate on how old it is or what decade it is from. [more inside]
posted by donut_princess to Society & Culture at 5:25 PM - 6 answers

What should I do with my Gmail account and other people sharing my name?

There's at least one other person in the USA who shares my firstname, lastname combo. I signed up for my Gmail account 10+ years ago. It's firstname.lastname so it also works with out the ".". I've lately been getting more email intended for this other person. [more inside]
posted by ericales to Technology at 4:05 PM - 19 answers

More self-confidence for approaching games and puzzles

I've reached the proverbial straw moment where I'm realizing that, approaching any sort of numbers/critical thinking game or challenge that is meant to be fun, is instead filling me with absolute dread. I find myself becoming incredibly tense and anxious, and very often preemptively angry at myself for OF COURSE being too stupid to pick it up, which means that often I don't even try to pick it up, which then becomes an inescapable feedback loop. I need to change this, please tell me how! [more inside]
posted by erratic meatsack to Education at 4:01 PM - 3 answers

Making it stick: your best new relationship advice

This previous question contains some awesome advice. I'm embarking on a new relationship with a wonderful man, and I would love some similar suggestions for fledgling couples. [more inside]
posted by prewar lemonade to Human Relations at 3:24 PM - 7 answers

How can I communicate about intimacy issues?

I've been actively dating and having intimate encounters, but it's hard for me to address my sexual limitations and lack of experience with new partners. How to deal? [more inside]
posted by cosmicbeast to Human Relations at 1:53 PM - 8 answers

Time and Expenses Platform that won't make me want to hide every month?

I utterly loathe doing monthly timesheets, so the CEO has tasked me to come up with a better platform. Are there better alternatives since this question was asked? [more inside]
posted by scruss to Work & Money at 12:49 PM - 2 answers

Raised bed garden built from cardboard?

My sister and I are trying to figure out how to do raised bed gardening on the extremely cheap. I have proposed building the beds out of the cardboard boxes left over from our recent move. What are the likely consequences of this plan, and do you have a better and/or cheaper option? [more inside]
posted by SMPA to Home & Garden at 12:44 PM - 34 answers

What are some good books on how to learn better?

There's a number of books around how to generally learn things better, like The Art of Learning and Make it Stick. Which books about learning better do you recommend?
posted by markbao to Education at 12:07 PM - 3 answers

How to meet guys while gay and trans

I am ftm trans and while I am not on hormones & have not had surgery, I still pass a decent amount of the time. Sometimes I get long, cruising looks from guys who I am sure are gay (on the street, in a mall). I have no idea how to move forward in these situations; porn is my entire frame of reference and I'm sure it's not that simple. How do guys meet guys in public? [more inside]
posted by AFABulous to Human Relations at 11:46 AM - 6 answers

Partying with ex-in-laws, sans the ex

I'm planning a #MEDIA-themed party. Some of my current siblings-in-law would totally dig this and it would be fun to have them there - we're all on good terms. However, I absolutely do not want my almost-ex (divorce proceedings underway) present. Is there any acceptable way to invite them but not the ex?
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 11:32 AM - 23 answers

Anyone know a good therapist in Brighton/Watertown area of Boston?

I am looking for a good therapist in the Watertown or Brighton area of Boston - say within a 5-10 minute drive from Brighton Center. Would prefer female and someone who has experience with relationship issues and/or mortality issues. Can anyone make a recommendation?
posted by IzzeYum to Human Relations at 11:02 AM - 0 answers

Finally upgrading to SSD, but no SATA to USB cable - Windows 7 edition

I'm finally taking the leap to an SSD, which arrived today and am all ready to go, except that I don't have a SATA to USB cable (or enclosure) and need to clone my Windows 7 HDD because I don't have any Windows retail discs. Who would have thought I'd have finally have a need for Radio Shack? :/ [more inside]
posted by ashworth to Computers & Internet at 10:45 AM - 8 answers

How do I add a logo to a tent?

I'd like to add a white logo/slogan to a standard nylon camping tent. What's the best way to achieve this? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! to Media & Arts at 10:36 AM - 13 answers

Help me find my female voice

I enjoy writing short stories but I'm very aware of the fact that my female voice is somewhat lacking. Help? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon to Writing & Language at 10:32 AM - 29 answers

Best college practices re: transgender students

What are the best practices right now, as far as official college policies dealing with transgender students' needs? For example, making it easy to change your name on campus records. Are there any good examples of colleges doing things right? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Education at 10:21 AM - 9 answers

History Steel Pier in Atlantic City

Google challenge: Name the architect who built the Steel Pier in Atlantic City. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders to Grab Bag at 10:15 AM - 7 answers

Trouble with conditional formatting with excel 2013

Hello, I have control data with thresholds. Data within the accepted limits gets a green background, under is red and over has blue. My problem--- [more inside]
posted by notned to Technology at 9:24 AM - 12 answers

Healthy, low-carb work lunches that I can refrigerate for the week

For weight, money, convenience, and taste reasons I want make pre-portioned lunches for the week on Sundays, bring them all to work on Mondays, and keep them in the work refrigerator all week. I need some ideas for low-carb, healthy meals that won’t get soggy or stale being in the refrigerator for 5 or so days. [more inside]
posted by gregoryg to Food & Drink at 9:19 AM - 14 answers

Iceland adventures via campervan

I've never been inside a campervan and I've only been inside a tent once. Despite this, I will be traveling via a campervan around Iceland in September. Any advice for campveran-ing in general and specifically, Iceland? I'd like to not die. [more inside]
posted by inevitability to Travel & Transportation at 9:02 AM - 8 answers

Three hours too early for domestic leg of international flight?

Is it really necessary to arrive three hours early when checking in for a domestic leg of an international flight? [more inside]
posted by crLLC to Travel & Transportation at 8:54 AM - 14 answers

Car accident & worker's compensation

Yesterday afternoon, while on the job, I was involved in a car accident. I was crossing an intersection when a car ran a red light and slammed into my front passenger side. My car went into a telephone pole. Thankfully there were no serious injuries to either parties however both cars were totaled. Witnesses called the police and a police report was filed. The investigator took the statement of one witness who watched the other car run the red light and hit me. I have a few questions about what happens next to make sure I am taking the right steps. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 8:10 AM - 12 answers

Where to stay near Minneapolis airport (MSP) before very-early flight?

Next Thursday I have a 515a flight (on American née US Air, so Terminal 1 is my point of departure) out of MSP. Assuming I'll go through security at around 400-415, it seems silly to stay at a hotel the night before. The airport is open 24 hours. What I'm curious about is if I can I go through security around midnight and try to catch a few ZZZs in the terminal? If not, can I sleep safely outside of security, or will local law enforcement tell me to move along? [more inside]
posted by anaphoric to Travel & Transportation at 8:06 AM - 6 answers

Talk to me about neighborhoods in Philadelphia

I'm an east coaster who has been living in Minneapolis for five years. I'm thinking of moving to Philadelphia in a year or more. I haven't actually spent any time there in about ten years (when I did much hanging out with punks in collective houses in West Philly), so, talk to me about neighborhoods in philly? [more inside]
posted by entropone to Grab Bag at 8:03 AM - 14 answers

Looking for a back-up program or script to be run by a non-admin

I'm looking for a back-up program or script that can be run without needing admin rights (to install, even). I have taken the unofficial duty of backing up work files for my workgroup, and I'm looking for something smarter than copying everything once a month. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief to Computers & Internet at 7:47 AM - 5 answers

Where to go with a 5yo boy in the USA for a week in spring?

I'll be visiting the USA with lil ubu in spring. Already organised will be a week in Boston, a week on the road somewhere, possibly Colorado. For the third week, I have no idea and am looking for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas to Travel & Transportation at 7:21 AM - 24 answers

What if the NDP were to win the Canadian general election?

Polls indicate a real opportunity for the New Democratic Party (NDP) to prevail in the upcoming Canadian federal general election. What major changes to the business environment would this portend, thinking not so much of the formal election program but what an NDP cabinet and Commons majority would actually enact? [more inside]
posted by MattD to Law & Government at 5:21 AM - 3 answers

Parking Suggestions in the East Village?

I'll be spending a long weekend in the East Village (NYC). Where should I park my car? [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow to Travel & Transportation at 5:02 AM - 11 answers

Tall driver, sick driver, green driver: what car should we buy?

After ten years it's time to retire my Ford F150 King Cab pickup. I'd like to buy something more environmentally kind. Complications: sharing this vehicle between myself and my 6'2" (still growing?) teen driver. AND need to accommodate my chronic illness. Energy(and time) nearly sapped. What should I testdrive? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by theplotchickens to Shopping at 4:38 AM - 9 answers

Keep cool, my babies..

So there's this guy I met at a mutual group hobby we've been going to which has been very enjoyable, but also awkward at the same time. [more inside]
posted by readygo to Human Relations at 12:52 AM - 27 answers

July 1

How, exactly, to Feel the Bern?

I'm marching in our local 4th of July parade with the Connecticut for Bernie Sanders contingent, and I'm going to carry a sign, which I will make myself. I'd like to say something pithy and memorable that gets to the heart of the Bernie campaign. [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj to Law & Government at 10:37 PM - 19 answers

What are some decent long hair styles for men?

I think I'm going to grow out my hair again for the first time in about a decade, what are some styles beside just center part/ponytail that look decent on a guy? (details inside) [more inside]
posted by Ferreous to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 9:56 PM - 13 answers

Sudden Rash on Face

Woke up Monday with a rash on my face. Now little bumps are appearing on my right forearm. I haven't done anything out of the ordinary. Can you develop sudden allergies to something and react this quickly? [more inside]
posted by monologish to Health & Fitness at 9:22 PM - 16 answers

What's this strange font?

Example 1, Example 2, Example 3 [more inside]
posted by Chocolate Pickle to Media & Arts at 7:40 PM - 1 answer

What are these figurines???

I think they're Spanish, but I really have no idea. I'm looking to buy some online. Any information would be helpful. Thanks.
posted by hellbient to Shopping at 6:55 PM - 5 answers

How much of a loss do you get if you sell your home after only 10 months

Isn't there some kind of penalty if you sell your home too quickly? [more inside]
posted by rancher to Work & Money at 6:38 PM - 19 answers

Why is Citibank suddenly being nosy?

I have a Citibank credit card and I make payments in cash at a local branch (this is my preferred method of payment because I get paid mostly in cash). I do not have a Citibank checking account. Today the teller told me that from now on, anyone making a cash payment must show their driver's license and provide their SSN, phone number, home address, and occupation. Why? [more inside]
posted by désoeuvrée to Work & Money at 6:16 PM - 14 answers

Question about the Sheckley ouvre

I think a lot of (speculative fiction author) Robert Sheckley's work is brilliant and masterful. Especially the stuff he published in the 1950s and 1960s. But I've wondered for years why there was such a sharp decline in quality in it around the 1970s and thereafter. Does anybody know? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Justice to Writing & Language at 5:06 PM - 5 answers

MIDI controller question

Question posted on behalf of Mr. Killian. My husband is using a MIDI controller (ART X-15 Ultrafoot) to control a multi-effects signal processor (ART SGX2000) for his guitar. But he can't seem to figure out how to make the expression pedal perform an octave sweep. He can get it to turn on/off the effect, but no luck trying to get it to sweep (a la Tom Morello in Killing In The name Of and Like a Stone). Any MIDI masters out there can help?
posted by PussKillian to Technology at 5:01 PM - 6 answers

Text to speech software -- what do you recommend?

There seem to have been lots of developments in text to speech since the subject was last raised, and I was wondering if anyone could point me to a solution fitting some specific criteria for an arty project. Details inside: [more inside]
posted by Shepherd to Computers & Internet at 4:50 PM - 1 answer

Help me transition into a career in Programing!

So I'm 25, and I have a wonderful, stable job in a wonderful, stable industry as a mechanical engineer, and I'm slowly realizing that my actual calling is in computer science. Shit. I'm not in desperate circumstances, so help me to plan my career move! I need specific help on: 1) Learning to Code. 2) Preparing for the transition while still working at my current job. 3) Moving from my current job into actually working as a programmer. Any advice from experienced people would be great. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by nickhb to Work & Money at 4:12 PM - 14 answers

How do I subtly let people looking at my apartment know a gym is below?

My apartment is directly above a 24 hour gym. In fact, my bed is right above the weight room, so I hear people throwing weights around at all hours. Needless to say, this is disruptive to my sleep and it quite unpleasant. [more inside]
posted by Fister Roboto to Human Relations at 4:06 PM - 20 answers

Is it normal for someone to stop texting after a first date is set up?

This guy I met online has been texting me for the past few days and we sometimes would text back and forth for several hours but we haven't talked on the phone yet. Two days ago, we decided to meet up at the park but ended up cancelling it because of bad weather. We rescheduled the date to another day. Since then, I noticed him stop initiating convo with me and ignoring some of my texts unless I ask him a question. I'm confused as to whether or not he's still interested in me or if he's trying to take a break until the date? Has anyone been through this before? [more inside]
posted by missybitsy to Human Relations at 4:03 PM - 14 answers

How to talk about success without being off-putting?

The last 12 months were amazing for me. Professionally, as a (now associate) professor in the physical sciences, I won promotion and tenure, won 3 major federal grants (totaling over $2M combined to fund my research lab), and published over 10 papers. I'm over the moon with joy, especially regarding the funding, as my lab was really limping along due to inadequate funding a year ago. In my personal life, my elementary school age kids are thriving and we took a once-in-a-lifetime tropical vacation. After a ton of hard work over the past 5 years (babies, assistant professor phase, accompanying travails) life feels really good. [more inside]
posted by Doc_Sock to Human Relations at 4:02 PM - 33 answers

Using The Tube

Flying into Heathrow from the US, arriving in the evening on a Saturday. My wife thinks we should take the tube from the airport to our hotel in Kensington (the hotel is a short walk from the West Kensington station). Help me figure out a couple of things. [more inside]
posted by briank to Travel & Transportation at 4:00 PM - 23 answers

Moving and want to buy a car...but don't want to pay state fees twice.

I currently live in DC and am moving to NC on August 13th. I am planning to purchase a new car at some point in the next two months. Ideally, it would be before the move because that means a safer and roomier ride down. But I can't figure out if we might have to pay a bunch of fees twice - and can't get a straight answer from dealers. [mi] [more inside]
posted by melodykramer to Travel & Transportation at 3:45 PM - 5 answers

FormMail script and changing MX records

I'm pretty much a newb at low level email server stuff. But I have a client who has a an old online order form made using the formmail script. Today they suddenly had to change their email provider, so their MX records changed. Now the online order form no longer works. Here's what I've tried so far to fix this... [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher to Computers & Internet at 3:37 PM - 18 answers

Moving into a house; how to not creep myself out whenever I'm alone?

Are you a big scaredy cat? Do you live in a house with lots of vulnerabilities anyways, and manage to sleep at night? How did you do it? Please hope me. [more inside]
posted by stellaluna to Home & Garden at 3:29 PM - 33 answers

Exercises to tighten abs when you have a herniated disc..

What are some ab exercises (lower and upper) that won't aggravate my herniated disc (L5 and S1)?
posted by likeapen to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 2:53 PM - 5 answers

Car stereo upgrade

So I just made the decision to keep my old 2002 Subaru Outback rather than buy a new (to me) car. It's a great car and runs well, so I should be able to get another few years out of it. But it occurred to me that one thing that would significantly improve my enjoyment of the car is if I upgraded the audio system. Problem is, I don't even know what possibilities are out there. Can you look at my list of wants and tell me which are possible/what I should buy? [more inside]
posted by MsMolly to Technology at 2:49 PM - 6 answers

A very particular question about escaping my lease

YANML, etc, etc. If my original lease had an end date of X and my (several) renewals had an end date several months later of Y, does an argument that my lease actually end sooner than the renewal end date have any bite to it? [more inside]
posted by angrycat to Law & Government at 2:24 PM - 6 answers

Empty Messages in Email

My email is showing empty messages I didn't send. [more inside]
posted by Aranquis to Computers & Internet at 2:04 PM - 2 answers

ugh, bug

A very slightly raised roughly 1/4" circle redness/bruise with a teeny scab in the middle: what bit me? [more inside]
posted by everybody had matching towels to Science & Nature at 1:42 PM - 9 answers

How to spend 12 hours?

Dear hivemind, sorry for the highly specific question but how can I make the absolute most of an upcoming important 12 hours (midnight until lunchtime) in Istanbul? [more inside]
posted by numberstation to Travel & Transportation at 1:18 PM - 6 answers

Old cookbook that is just illustrations

I am looking for the name of an old cookbook, perhaps British, that has no text but just illustrations, like the ones from Popular Mechanics that showed you how to make thing with illustrations, or the wordless illustrations that tell you how to evacuate an airplane. Note: This is an older book, so it's not Picture Cook or the IKEA cookbook.
posted by maxsparber to Food & Drink at 1:13 PM - 2 answers

I want to weld but have neither equipment nor knowledge

I have various projects around our farmstead that need welding, but I don't know squat about it. Help me out. [more inside]
posted by bellastarr to Home & Garden at 1:05 PM - 13 answers

How can I become attractive to anyone other than straight men?

Basically only ever men show any interest in me, ever. I can go to a party where like 95% of people aren't straight and of course it'll be the two straight guys there that talk to me. Only guys ever message me or respond to my messages on okcupid. Honestly I don't really want anything to do with men, but it's so disheartening I feel like I'll basically have to get into a relationship with a man if I want any kind of companionship at all. I want to know what I should be doing differently like do I need a makeover or change my attitude or what? [more inside]
posted by ninjablob to Human Relations at 12:48 PM - 23 answers