April 2017 Archives

April 26

What were the purposes and pitfalls of introductions a century ago?

Emily Post devotes her entire second chapter to the etiquette of introductions. The Victorian-era Lady Constance Eleanora Caroline Howard likewise spends 20 pages on the subject. But what were the larger purposes and goals of introductions? [more inside]
posted by wnissen at 9:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Can I improve the view outside my windows?

My apartment is lovely inside, but all of its windows face a back alley. There is a conspicuous lack of green when I look outside. What can I do/plant to remedy this? [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty at 9:02 PM PST - 2 comments

How to record WeChat voice call

Tomorrow morning I'm conducting an important interview with someone who lives in China and prefers WeChat voice call over skype or traditional call. I'd like to record the interview -- with the interviewee's consent and everything. What's the best way to do that? [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree at 8:45 PM PST - 1 comment

Learning Spanish: Windows 95 edition

I have vague memories of learning Spanish with a Windows program aimed towards children. It was drawn, had mini narrated stories/conversations with clickable objects, and a dog with a sombrero. I remember locations being a bus stop, a bar (?) and the inside of a house (cross-section, with each room and its objects labeled). I'm guessing it's from the Windows 95/98 era, and definitely not a JumpStart title. Does this ring any bells? I've Googled keywords to try and identify it by the CD-ROM cover, but no luck.
posted by lesser weasel at 7:21 PM PST - 2 comments

Getting scammy/random calls on my cell of late...

Every so often I'll get unwanted calls, but they tend to be thankfully few and far between (aside from when I got put on a political call list for a while). The past few days, however, I've received a much higher number of weird calls that are not for me, most of which seem to have a real person on the end but some of which are robocalls. Any ideas on what gives? [more inside]
posted by vegartanipla at 6:34 PM PST - 13 comments

"You Got This" songs

I'm going through a really tough time at work. I stood up to my boss about something and got threatened with disciplinary action for being "disrespectful". All that to say, I need some music to make me feel better about standing up for myself and taking care of myself. What songs inspire you to feel that?
posted by aclevername at 6:23 PM PST - 32 comments

Developing real estate for dummies

I'm considering buying an empty lot in California to build my dream home. Whose professional advice do I need and when? [more inside]
posted by ilikemefi at 3:50 PM PST - 12 comments

What help exists for People-Who-Harm?

I've been studying cycles of violence and abuse. Though I've found many resources for survivors, I see few geared towards abusers. [more inside]
posted by fritillary at 3:18 PM PST - 9 comments

Reflections after a friend's suicide

Hey everyone, I'm looking for some reflections, magazine or blog style, about a friend or loved one's suicide. [more inside]
posted by spacerail at 12:27 PM PST - 13 comments

Our princess is in another console

Can I play a Nintendo Classic without a TV, using a laptop or desktop computer (a 2015 MacBook or a 2012 iMac)? [more inside]
posted by John Cohen at 11:26 AM PST - 17 comments

Anniversary in New Orleans

The mister and I are celebrating 15 years of wedded bliss by returning back to our honeymoon spot of New Orleans. We'd like to have a nicer dinner for our anniversary. No special snowflake requirements other than he doesn't want to bring a suit. [more inside]
posted by bodgy at 11:07 AM PST - 12 comments

tattoo touch up question

Tattoo artists/people experienced with tattoos, I come with a question regarding getting an existing tattoo touched up. [more inside]
posted by thereemix at 10:11 AM PST - 6 comments

Autopay Luddite Bills When my Bank Doesn't Offer It?

Is there a service out there that will send paper checks to my billers automatically each month? Difficulty: my bank absolutely does not offer this service. [more inside]
posted by FakeFreyja at 9:55 AM PST - 13 comments

Where can I buy Bonibee Eterna frying pans?

I'm looking for a reputable on-line seller (i.e. something I've heard of, like Amazon) or a brick-and-mortar place in the Greater Seattle Area. [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone at 9:34 AM PST - 2 comments

Seasonal allergies... how long is spring season?

I’ve had fall allergies for years, and I usually take allergy medicine until first frost. Spring allergies are a new thing for me the past few years. Claritin (or generic equivalent) works well for me… but how do I know when to stop taking it? I don’t really want to just try stopping and see what happens, because if it turns out that allergy season is not over for me, it takes about 4 days for Claritin to fully kick in.
posted by Kriesa at 8:44 AM PST - 9 comments

Can the LiveScribe pen keep my notes from dying?

I'm really looking for a solution to this problem: when I have an important idea, I write it down on whatever is nearby- sometimes a notebook, sometimes a receipt, sometimes an index card. I'm working on multiple projects, and the notes get disorganized quickly. The LiveScribe seems like a solution- makes your notes digital and searchable. But is it? [more inside]
posted by Mystical Listicle at 8:35 AM PST - 11 comments

Children's books that encourage questioning everything

There's a new baby in our family, and I'm building a library so he'll have interesting things to read when he's 5, 10, 15... What children's books pack a powerful intellectual punch for their size? I'm looking for ones that make the reader question everything (e.g. social norms, traditions, their identity, even consensual reality). Kind of like a Philip K Dick book but for children. Also good: anything which encourages precociousness (like Matilda). A few that came to mind: 1) Eat Now, Pay Later. Short story I asked about here years ago: http://ask.metafilter.com/251717/Name-of-short-story 2) The Sneeches, by Dr. Seuss 3) Matilda, Roald Dahl
posted by daniel.poynter at 8:13 AM PST - 42 comments

What is motivating in a knowledge based company?

I'm putting together a list of employee recognition ideas, where the recognition is more than a pat on the back or a gift, but geared towards life long learners and other growth-based individuals. Details within. [more inside]
posted by St. Peepsburg at 8:01 AM PST - 22 comments

NYC apartment hunting: broker edition

Should I get a broker for my NYC apartment hunt? Bonus question: what exactly can a broker do for me? [more inside]
posted by impeachnixon at 7:22 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me think/be more like a Businessy Person

Businessy People communicate in bullet points and actionables. Their focus is always on the bottom line. They're calm and reassuring (because they GTD, and talk clearly and simply about how they're going to do that). I am a million embedded clauses, diversions - complications. I tend to notice nuance instead of the bottom line. Or problems to solve that people may or may not agree exist, Big Picture issues that I may be the only one seeing or caring about. How can I discipline my mind and communication for work? [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock at 6:49 AM PST - 21 comments

Please tell me about Readers Theater.

What states have Readers Theater as a speech/debate event? Did you do this as a student? [more inside]
posted by Ms Vegetable at 6:28 AM PST - 1 comment

April 25

Pimp my CV

I'm applying for a policy job in a tech company. Most of my experience with CVs involves dull templates and I am looking for some inspiration for this one. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:21 PM PST - 14 comments

Negotiating in India-- difficulty level: academia

The fantastic news: after several years floating around on 10 month contracts, picking up freelance editing work for peanuts, and generally wringing our hands about the future, my husband and I got assistant professor jobs! The catch: In India! The bad news: the (new) private university is run like a business (eyes on the bottom line). They want you there 9-5 M-F and every other Saturday measured "biometrically". [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:21 PM PST - 9 comments

Shampoo that let's you fly

I am looking for a shampoo that doesn't coat my hair. A new stylist told me Dove just coats my hair and weighs it down, so that my hair is super straight and lays flat to my head. Is there a reasonably priced alternative? [more inside]
posted by Kalmya at 7:36 PM PST - 26 comments

Discipline when the novelty wears off

When I do yoga or run or meditate after a long time away, I’m so good! I’m diligent with my form and stay focused. But when I try to make them regular parts of my routine, I get so sloppy. I let my mind wander and cheat the clock. I suspect this is partially because I can sense the diminishing marginal return, but I intellectually value long-lived habits and want to make this work. Have you successfully fought this? How do you make sessions 2, 5, or 20 almost as good as session 1?
posted by estlin at 7:18 PM PST - 12 comments

Lunchtime gym routine?

I'd like to start exercising on my lunch break. Right now, I usually eat my lunch and then go for about a 20-to-30-minute walk around a nearby park. That's all well and good, but I'd like to do a bit more with my time. How can I make it as frictionless an experience as possible so I actually go? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 7:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Mosquito bite near tattoo causes tattoo to raise. Why?

I have a Braille tattoo on my arm. When I get a mosquito bite anywhere within about 6 inches of it it causes the tattoo to raise sympathetically so the braille is palpable, like it would be on an elevator button label or whatever. Today the clerk at 7-11 saw my tattoo and asked if blind people could feel the Braille and I told him about this phenomenon. He acted like I was lying and said, smugly, "well, mosquito bites swell because of histamine and if that was the issue with your tattoo it would be raised all the time." Then he adopted this crossed arms, satisfied, checkmate sort of demeanor. I didn't feel like going and finding a mosquito to try to coax into biting my arm, but what could I have said? It was several hours ago and I am still annoyed.
posted by dirtdirt at 6:58 PM PST - 24 comments

How daily my anxious life. How do I stop becoming this person?

What are some tips and advice you can share on how to manage anxiety? Lately it has become so immobilising that I am unable to function properly throughout the day. I am (obviously) having a hard time talking about it with family and friends, though I feel MeFi is a safe space for me to ask. [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind at 6:41 PM PST - 22 comments

Last-Minute Dystopian Snack Assistance

My feminist science fiction book club is having a watch-party for the first episode of The Handmaid's Tale on Hulu tomorrow (and yes, there will be much discussion as to its inclusion in our feminist science fiction cannon). But naturally one MUST eat while hiding one's face behind a pillow at the realness of it all and I need help with my dessert game. [more inside]
posted by theweasel at 6:25 PM PST - 9 comments

swords and sorcery and fewer white bros

Any suggestions for D&D podcast with lady players and non-white players? Possibly, preferably even non-white lady players? I'd love for it to be funny. [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine at 6:23 PM PST - 14 comments

Por favor

Can you recommend a Spanish language (possibly an immersion course) for attorneys in the city of Chicago? Cost is only a minor consideration. It's unlikely I will travel out of the city for it. Googling turns up the usual suspects, but I am looking for personal recommendations if possible.
posted by crush at 6:01 PM PST - 1 comment

Deer, Blueberries and Bears, Oh My!

We are working on the landscaping of our Northern Wisconsin (zone 3) home. I am trying to pick plants that are deer (and bear) resistant. I just found out that I can grow blueberries! My head says, no - it will attract deer and bear, but my heart wants blueberry bushes. Go with my head or my heart? [more inside]
posted by sarajane at 4:46 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me overcome religious baggage about sex

I'm seeking resources for overcoming the guilt, shame, and other complicated issues I'm dealing with after receiving abstinence-only sexual education in my early teens. This took place in an evangelical Christian context. I'd love to read books, blogs, or participate in groups that help people form a healthy and sex-positive approach after internalizing notions of purity. [more inside]
posted by delight at 4:45 PM PST - 9 comments

I bought a pretty ring. Can you tell me more about the stone?

I bought this pretty handmade ring on Etsy last week. The images posted by the seller showed that the yellow topaz stone reflects multiple colors, especially pink. In person it is just as beautiful. I don't really know what to call this kind of topaz. My Google-fu has not helped me very much. [more inside]
posted by sister nunchaku of love and mercy at 4:19 PM PST - 4 comments

You're No Brother of Mine

I own a pair of 7 year old sibling cats, Jack and Bellamy. They've spent their whole little lives together, never been apart, (normally) get along swimmingly. Two peas in a pod. Until yesterday. [more inside]
posted by Gyre,Gimble,Wabe, Esq. at 3:49 PM PST - 13 comments

Sorry, another podcast question

Looking for more podcasts like Pod Save America, Two Dope Queens, Pop Culture Happy Hour, and Call Your Girlfriend. ie, topical but sort of general-interest, with smart, funny people riffing on general topics. [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 3:06 PM PST - 29 comments

Things that are better with kids

Come September my husband and I will be transitioning from our little two-person family to three (fingers crossed, of course)! We've spent some time thinking about things we want to do before the kid arrives, and will be going on a last holiday for just the two of us. But we also want to think about the reverse - what are experiences or things that are better with a kid, or that can only be had if you have a kid? [more inside]
posted by peacheater at 3:01 PM PST - 39 comments

Help identify this souvenir spoon idol

I recently purchased four unrelated souvenir spoons, including one with this idol-type image. It appears to be a tattooed figure holding two smaller figures. The smaller figures are sitting in each other's laps and holding onto each other. The seller had no idea what the image represents. There are no markings on the spoon itself. Is this an image specific to a particular religion or mythology? Or is it some generic exoticized trinket?
posted by audi alteram partem at 2:45 PM PST - 2 comments

Laptop repair in Alexandria, VA area

My Dell laptop seems to have a bad video cable - any suggestions for a reputable repair shop? Prefer the Alexandria/Springfield, VA area if possible [more inside]
posted by photo guy at 1:46 PM PST - 2 comments

If the "Loaves and Fishes" miracle happened, what kind of fish was it?

I'm doing research on fish taken out of the Sea of Galilee during biblical times. I was wondering: if Jesus' Feeding of the Multitude miracle happened as described in the Bible, what species were the "two fish" Jesus used? [more inside]
posted by joechip at 1:29 PM PST - 5 comments

how can I ratproof a row of delicious brassicas?

The neighborhood rats agree that my brassica plants are tasty. I want them go eat something else. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by centrifugal at 1:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Starting sertraline (Zoloft), does trouble concentrating improve?

I've been taking sertraline (zoloft) for about a week for generalized anxiety disorder. I am less anxious and sleeping better. However, I am really having trouble focusing at my desk job. I am feeling a little restless, not jittery. I am still on a half dose (25) of my target dose (50). Does increasing the dose or simply more time on the medication improve concentration at all? The irony is that I am concentrating better, in the sense that I'm not ruminating or dwelling. The downside is that I'm not as motivated to accomplish work tasks.
posted by ElisaOS at 11:51 AM PST - 13 comments

Recent stats/data on how libraries prevent destitution/homelessness?

I'm looking for *recent* data and statistics, preferably UK based but not necessarily, showing how libraries prevent destitution and homelessness, in any way - but in particular through aiding jobseeking and service-finding for folks without Internet at home. Narratives and anecdotes (published) also welcome.
posted by Mistress at 11:45 AM PST - 5 comments

Newish Japanese>English translator - how to negotiate contract/pay?

I'll be working remotely from home. This is the first job I've taken in which negotiation is a factor - I'm worried I'll either sell myself short, or end up pulling an Icarus. Rate of pay is per word when translating documents, and per hour if I end up interpreting through phone. Catch: They want to hire me through a contracting agency, and negotiations will be through them. I'm doing internet research, but could use some friendly MeFite advice for negotiating rate of pay, what to ask for/bring up, what to watch out for, etc. [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers at 11:45 AM PST - 7 comments

Raising informed citizens

No newspapers and no television - how do you expose your kids to current events? [more inside]
posted by threesquare at 11:34 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I date the bubble-boy?

I met a great new guy, but he thinks he might be allergic to my dog. [more inside]
posted by ATX Peanut at 11:05 AM PST - 32 comments

How to function sort of well the day after a night of broken sleep?

I haven't been sleeping so well recently and am having a hard time being productive during the day, what helps? [more inside]
posted by twill at 10:54 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I search for a specific type of hotel room?

I'm trying to find a hotel suite in NYC with a bedroom and a sofa bed outside the bedroom. Not a suite with a bed and a sofa in the same area. This is proving very hard to do in websites like Expedia or Hotels.com. Can this type of search be done? (or alternatively, if you have a specific hotel to suggest, I can just look at that)
posted by CrazyLemonade at 10:34 AM PST - 16 comments

Sharing content online privately, without ceding my rights

The problem: keeping family and friends aware that I exist and am okay. The difficulty: I don’t like using Facebook or email. (Contra, say, Twitter/Mastodon or MetaFilter, which I seem to use compulsively.) What is a good, opt-in way for pushing small text, video, and photo notes to people that doesn’t force me to cede ownership of my content?
posted by Going To Maine at 10:12 AM PST - 18 comments

I want to further my education, but have no idea how.

Now is a good time for me to consider furthering my education, but I haven't the foggiest idea how to go about it. [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 9:51 AM PST - 4 comments

Marriage therapy or continue individual therapy?

I have been seeing a therapist/counselor on my own for a few times due to major issues I have with my husband and his family. My husband knows that I have been going. Would you recommend that I bring him with me to my appointments, or keep on working on myself, alone? [more inside]
posted by tangomija at 9:43 AM PST - 11 comments

What's wrong with my grapefruit?

Most grapefruits are good and solid, but sometimes they're stringy and the sections fall apart. What causes this, and how do I avoid it? [more inside]
posted by kristi at 9:25 AM PST - 4 comments

on a plate or in a hill?

Often for lunch I rinse a can of beans and throw them in a container with some other ingredients to make a salad, like chickpeas + lemon juice + Parmesan. It is quick and easy. What other simple can of bean "recipes" should I try? No dietary restrictions.
posted by chaiminda at 9:08 AM PST - 22 comments

Help me find a specific article?

My boss told me about an article from the 1980's that he would like me to try to find a copy of. The publication was Manhattan,inc.. The article was titled "The Erector Set" and was a profile about some NYC real estate developers, including: Daniel Brodsky, Bruce Eichner, Jeffrey Katz, Steven Ross and David Solomon. I have done what online searching I can, but I think I need some direction here. Any guidance would be appreciated!
posted by brbmaroon at 8:58 AM PST - 4 comments

Speeding/Disobeyed traffic control device ticket in NYS

I received a ticket in Westchester county, New York, a couple of weeks ago. The cop told me instead of a speeding ticket, he was writing it up as 'Disobeyed traffic control device'. I'm not sure whether to try to fight this or not. [more inside]
posted by widdershins at 8:39 AM PST - 9 comments

Windows Movie Maker Replacement

So, I get a new PC and Windows Movie Maker is no longer supported. It was the one thing made by MS that I actually used, other than Windows, of course. Is there a comparable replacement that is free or doesn't cost $200? Will it eventually come back as an app for Windows 10?
posted by zzazazz at 8:26 AM PST - 8 comments

How to embed exercise into one's lifestyle?

I try to latch exercise into my day so that it seamlessly fits in. I'm looking for more ways to do this. Examples include: working close enough to home so walking is easier. [more inside]
posted by Coffeetyme at 8:21 AM PST - 18 comments

Fire Drill Safety Protocols

I work in a tallish building (around 10 floors) and just went through a fire drill that upset me. However, I think it may have been standard protocol. [more inside]
posted by seesom at 7:54 AM PST - 17 comments

Ow. My ear!

My left earlobe has had a state of troubles lately. It's been wrecked by an allergic reaction, then a fungal infection, and now my earring back has embedded itself into the lower piercing on my lobe. What can I do until the doctor can see me? [more inside]
posted by PearlRose at 7:06 AM PST - 14 comments

What to do about my teeth.

About 3.5 years ago, I fell down a flight of stairs and knocked out two of my teeth. (0/10 do not recommend.) The dentist reimplanted the avulsed teeth, but they were out of my mouth for over an hour and we knew this would not be a permanent solution. Sure enough, it looks like the time is coming for me to consider other options... [more inside]
posted by schroedingersgirl at 6:57 AM PST - 15 comments

Plaster face casting in Toronto?

I've been fascinated by the idea of having my face and/or hands cast in plaster lately, but my own attempts have not been very successful. Where in the Toronto area could I have this done? And how much should I expect to pay? Is plaster the best material or should I consider something less breakable? The fine detail is important to me, but so is durability.
posted by The Hyacinth Girl at 6:50 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me think outside the music box...

I'm in charge of wrangling sponsorships for my school's upcoming "Humanities Hall of Fame" induction ceremony. We've been around for 65 years, so we have some VERY accomplished alumni, and the whole thing promises to be a pretty big deal. Trouble is, I was never really a fine arts person in high school, so I'm afraid my thinking is somewhat limited in terms of which businesses might be interested in contributing to this kind of thing. [more inside]
posted by richmondparker at 5:53 AM PST - 8 comments

there will be mountains and there will be wine

What medications are safe to deal with motion sickness over the long term (10 days or so), that do not interact with alcohol? [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 5:51 AM PST - 12 comments

Dealing with anonymous harassment

Someone has been leaving harassing and creepy notes on random doors in the condo complex where my girlfriend and I live. These notes either claim to be from us or from management due to our repeated complaints about the recipient. Fortunately, our complex's management does not believe that we are behind the notes and the people who have received them seem to accept the fact that this is someone's idea of a sick joke. We have a good idea of who is behind this, but no proof. What should we do next? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:22 AM PST - 14 comments

Switching insurance for weight loss surgery

Is it possible for my husband to go on Medicare in order to have weight loss surgery covered? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:22 AM PST - 4 comments

quest for more handbags

Can you suggest some handbag designers I might like along the lines of Patricia Nash and Anuschka?
posted by A Terrible Llama at 12:53 AM PST - 4 comments

April 24

Family Tinnitus? Now the kid is hearing it too....

Is something causing tinnitus like ringing in two of my 4 family members? [more inside]
posted by elmonobonobo at 9:41 PM PST - 17 comments

Help Me Remember a Creepy British TV Thriller

I'm trying to remember the name of a British TV show from approximately 15 years ago, give or take, involving a group of young men and women, one or more of whom began receiving a series of creepy emails or videotapes (I'm pretty sure it was email). [more inside]
posted by Palindromedary at 9:37 PM PST - 2 comments

Are there simple, non-higher-ed math certificate programs?

Recently as a sort of hobby I have picked up several certificates in areas of interest. I really enjoy learning a new thing and then getting a certificate I can hang on my wall. The cost of these certificates has ranged from $100 to $700, they took from 1-3 months each, and I completed them online with minimal bureaucracy. With that done, I'm wondering if there's anything like this for mathematics. [more inside]
posted by circular at 9:32 PM PST - 2 comments

Longer bike tours in Europe in early June

It took 20 years, but my wife and I are going to be in Europe (starting in London) in early June for a couple of weeks (yay!). We'd love to hear suggestions for a moderately challenging bike tour (~50 miles a day, 2 to 6 days) anywhere in Europe that is reachable by train. [more inside]
posted by cowcowgrasstree at 9:25 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me move to Long Beach

Moving to Long Beach for my partner's work in about a month—and would love some advice about the city. [more inside]
posted by themadthinker at 9:08 PM PST - 6 comments

I rocked the boat and now I'm scared. How do I process this emotion.

I participated in a social justice initiative at work. The initiative unexpectedly became very public, very quickly, over the course of this past week. I'm in a vulnerable stage of my career. I'm terrified of the potential backlash. How can I become one of those people who so fearlessly stand up for their beliefs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:08 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me build a UK vacation itinerary for this May!

I'm in Liverpool from May 7th-13th for work. I then have the 14th-21st free to do whatever I please, before flying out of Manchester on May 21st. Help me make an itinerary! [more inside]
posted by lucy.jakobs at 8:45 PM PST - 10 comments

Pork Shoulder past its sell by date - am I being paranoid?

On April 15 I bought a cut of pork shoulder at Whole Foods at the deli counter. Then I got crazy busy during the week and didn't have time to cook it. Since I bought it at the deli counter it just has a sticker that says "Sell By 4/20". Well - it's 4/24 now, and like a dope I never put it in the freezer. Would you eat this meat? [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek at 7:45 PM PST - 19 comments

Midwest MUST-DO's

I’m currently living in Chicago but plan on moving away in a year or two. Do you have somewhere you consider an ESSENTIAL road trip destinations from Chicago that I MUST do while I’m here? [more inside]
posted by carlypennylane at 6:37 PM PST - 33 comments

Could somebody please explain Skype to me?

I need help understand the account types, charges and payment plans. [more inside]
posted by sardonyx at 6:28 PM PST - 19 comments

Budget-friendly snacks for 10-24 people

I'm looking for snack ideas for casual gatherings I host in my home 1-3 times a month. I'd like to keep it under $30/event and simple is best! [more inside]
posted by deadcrow at 6:20 PM PST - 19 comments

What made you feel confident again?

I am trying to rebuild my self-confidence and am seeking inspiration and stories from others who made a comeback after a long period of low self-confidence/self-esteem. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings at 6:01 PM PST - 15 comments

I ruined it for myself: Chef's Table edition

I started watching Chef's Table on the recommendation of one of the other questions here. Things for me lately have been very stressful, so I wanted something that would be engaging yet contemplative. I need further recommendations, now. [more inside]
posted by oflinkey at 5:56 PM PST - 15 comments

Books about Wall Street during the 1930's?

I'm looking for fiction or non-fiction books about Wall Street during the 1930's. [more inside]
posted by Alterity at 5:08 PM PST - 5 comments

Trust your gall to the Azores?

Wife is pregnant and has multiple gall stones. Should we still travel to Ponta Delgado? [more inside]
posted by Reasonably Everything Happens at 4:54 PM PST - 8 comments

How long is too long to leave a cat alone?

I will be traveling for 8 days. I'm worried about leaving my cat alone as she is very attached to me... [more inside]
posted by irish01 at 4:17 PM PST - 41 comments

Ontario real estate: what's the best downpayment percentage?

Buying our first house. Should our downpayment be large or small? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:49 PM PST - 11 comments

How to use only a custom dictionary in Word (or other word processor)?

How to use only a custom dictionary in Word (or other word processor)? [more inside]
posted by pracowity at 2:57 PM PST - 2 comments

What to do with a new MacBook pro that is having issues?

I purchased a new MacBook Pro last month--mid-level 13" model with the TouchBar FWIW--and it's had 3 or 4 kernel panics in the four weeks that I've had it. I've got the logs for one of those times at least. Is this machine a lemon? And if so, what's the best way to go about getting it replaced?
posted by hwickline at 2:34 PM PST - 10 comments

For the sake of the kids: diplomacy edition

I am currently feeling quite upset with an in-law and biting my tongue to preserve my child's future relationship with that person. Where do you decide to draw the line in these things? [more inside]
posted by crunchy potato at 2:26 PM PST - 53 comments

Am I leaving myself open legally with this construction arrangement?

Neighbor and I share a common driveway. It is shaped like a Y, the common driveway, and then each leg of Y leads to each house. We need to redo all of it. I simply don't have the money right now. Neighbor is flush with cash and says that if I could cover *my* portion in front of my house, he'll pay for the rest of the driveway. [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn at 2:24 PM PST - 14 comments

The best time you ever asked for help

Tell me about a time when you decided to ask someone for help/input/advice instead of flying solo and how much easier/better your life was as a result. (Please.) [more inside]
posted by helloimjennsco at 2:13 PM PST - 16 comments

Macaroni—let me finish—salad

By popular demand from my drinks thread, I'm seeking your suggestions for Arrested Development-themed dishes. They can either be foods directly referenced on the show (got a recipe for Hot Ham Water?), or ideas inspired by the show (maybe you've dreamed up a Never Nude Salad). Please share with me your tastiest Mayoneggs and all other twisted creations lurking in your brains. ;) [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 1:58 PM PST - 30 comments

Comedic, Kid-Friendly(ish) informative Graphic Novels (science/history)?

My son (5 years old) and I had a great time reading through The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer. Most of it went way over his head (and, to be fair, mine as well) but he enjoyed the heck out of it nonetheless. I'm looking for more graphic novels in this vein that I can read with my son. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 1:52 PM PST - 10 comments

Resources for creating a California LLC partnership?

Can you point me to resources on how to create a California LLC partnership? [more inside]
posted by Nonce at 12:41 PM PST - 4 comments

Avoiding Dry Socket?

I had a wisdom tooth removed today. They mentioned the risk of dry socket, and said to not: smoke (not worries), drink from a straw (easy enough), not eat seeded food that might get caught in teeth (also pretty easy), or spit - not spitting seems very, very hard, especially with my regular brushing and mouthwash routine. Does anyone have any advice for making sure my mouth heals optimally in the next week?
posted by codacorolla at 11:29 AM PST - 25 comments

Looking for a poem

I believe it's by Robert Creeley, maybe George Oppen. [more inside]
posted by Cwell at 11:18 AM PST - 5 comments

What's growing in my tree roots?

While doing some yard work, I found that my tree (oak) had some shallow roots that were coming out of the ground. While pruning and digging around for a bit, I found there were some strange hollow things in the root system that I'm having a hard time identifying. [more inside]
posted by bessel functions seem unnecessarily complicated at 11:13 AM PST - 6 comments

Seeking food recs and resources in Portland - pizza and vegetarian

What are the best (NY style) pizza places and great vegetarian spots in Portland? Grocery stores too! Alberta Arts district mainly, but city-wide too. [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith at 11:12 AM PST - 9 comments

Road trip ideas between St. Louis and Decatur

Two nights on the road between St. Louis, MO to Decatur, GA (early June). Looking for ideas... [more inside]
posted by starman at 10:49 AM PST - 3 comments

Orange you glad the library is getting new carpeting?

What fun souvenir can we make with old carpet? [more inside]
posted by LKWorking at 10:46 AM PST - 30 comments

Upcoming Cuba trip: some practical questions

I have a few questions about water and electricity in Cuba. [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 10:35 AM PST - 10 comments

Why is the cycle on our dishwasher so long?

We just had a new Bosch dishwasher installed. The plumber ran a test cycle and it took nearly 2 hours and the manual says all the non-express cycles take at least 115 minutes. Why is that? Is it more efficient? Or will the dishes not get clean otherwise? Please tell me why our dishwasher works the way it does.
posted by platitudipus at 9:46 AM PST - 13 comments

Regional Indian and traditional British in London

Visiting London -- where should I eat? Particularly, though not exclusively, interested in places good for parties of 1 or 2, and in regional Indian and traditional British food. [more inside]
posted by andrewesque at 9:44 AM PST - 9 comments

Any ideas about the origin/general history of this saber?

Can you shed some light on this P.D. Lunescchloss saber with a straight blade, bronze guard, and steel scabbard? Photos here (dropbox). [more inside]
posted by maxwelton at 9:28 AM PST - 2 comments

What is this wall jack?

I came across this disused wall jack the other day and I am very curious as to what it's purpose was. [more inside]
posted by jmsta at 8:15 AM PST - 10 comments

Cape Cod MA or Fernandina Beach FL?

We plan to retire to a single-family house in either Cape Cod MA or Fernandina Beach FL. How to decide? Especially looking for input from people who live or have lived in either place. [more inside]
posted by mmw at 7:52 AM PST - 26 comments

I want to start a business, where do I start, What do I consider ? Help.

I have an idea for a business that involves mobile vacation adventure camps for kids 5-10, in addition to babysitting services and party rentals. [more inside]
posted by Whatifyoufly at 6:47 AM PST - 8 comments

A True Top to Toe Spa Experience

If youwere to design a full on, time-and-money-are-no-objects spa and pampering experience that goes from the tips of your hair to the soles of your feet and everywhere else within and without, what would be in it? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 5:29 AM PST - 24 comments

Fill My Flag Posts?!

Moving to a new place - yay! It has three flag flying posts! We have one set - help us fill the other two with progressive social or earth justice flags? [more inside]
posted by anya32 at 4:08 AM PST - 6 comments

What to do when someone else's dog ate our coop stock certificate?

We applied for a mortgage refinance back in September (on a jumbo loan in NYC, so it wasn't easy to do). By December, we were approved for a loan, we submitted all our paperwork, the coop submitted their paperwork, and we were in line for closing - all we needed was the mortgage servicing company to produce the original coop stock certificate to hand over. It didn't happen. [more inside]
posted by my left sock at 3:58 AM PST - 10 comments

April 23

Help! I'm in a rut.

Help! I'm in a rut. I've got several big decisions ahead of me, but I'm procrastinating deciding despite time ticking away. If you've learned any coping skills for this, I'd love to hear them. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:54 PM PST - 13 comments

Video chatting without seeing yourself

My parents want to be able to video chat without the distraction of seeing their own faces on screen. Is there a way to do this on Skype, Facetime or Hangouts--and not by turning off the camera but by somehow having their own images hidden? [more inside]
posted by johngoren at 11:00 PM PST - 8 comments

How do you like concierge medicine?

Off and on I hear people talking about "concierge" medical service. Can anyone who has this tell me the pluses and minuses? Rough cost? Or even a specific recommendation in the Seattle (or Eastside) area?
posted by madmethods at 8:37 PM PST - 19 comments

Help Finding A Vintage YA Novel About A Nurse

I read a book when I was between probably between 9-12 years old (1988-1991) from the school library. It was about a young nurse, possibly a student, who took a job as a home nurse for a little girl who had burns on her legs. [more inside]
posted by Aquifer at 8:01 PM PST - 2 comments

Can narcissists be dethroned?

Once a narcissist rises up in a position of power, how are they usually dethroned? Does history show that they all prosper until death and disease overtake them, or is there some typical way in which they tend to get removed from power? For example through a palace coup or through losing a war with a foreign power? Historical examples and evolutionary biology theories would be very welcome. Thanks for your thoughts.
posted by Gosha_Dog at 7:34 PM PST - 11 comments

Traditional cable TV experience without traditional cable TV?

In typing this out, it feels like a human relations question, but this is actually a question seeking help in finding a screen + TV content. [more inside]
posted by k8t at 7:28 PM PST - 23 comments

Volvo V70 with excellent maintenance record: yes or no?

Is this $3800 Volvo V70 a good idea? [more inside]
posted by rossination at 6:43 PM PST - 7 comments

How big are these flags?

How big are these flags? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha at 6:41 PM PST - 2 comments

Getting triggered in my kid's therapy session

I get triggered in my kid's parent sessions that support my kid's therapy. The therapist is annoyed. Am I doing it wrong? [more inside]
posted by shockpoppet at 6:05 PM PST - 31 comments

Do I take this almost dream job with some downsides?

I was just interviewed and references were requested for a position that would basically be my dream job, but not my dream location. I'd be leaving a non-dream job in a dysfunctional environment but with great financial and logistical benefits. [more inside]
posted by wannabecounselor at 6:04 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me kayak to work in Brooklyn!

I would like to kayak to work, in Brooklyn, this summer. I live near the Gowanus Canal, and work in DUMBO, so my proposed route would cling to the Brooklyn side of the East River, but I wouldn't have to cross it. I'm interested in hearing from folks who have spent some time exploring the waterways of New York City in human-powered watercrafts. [more inside]
posted by thejoshu at 5:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Ex Skyrim addict looking for a new fix.

I believe I played Skyrim for two years straight. I'm looking for a new game for xBox 360 that will satisfy. [more inside]
posted by Vaike at 4:25 PM PST - 10 comments

Can you identify this knife?

My aunt showed me a knife she got from a street vendor in Thailand. Evidently, the merchant made quite a show of the various ways it can be used, for peeling veggies, slicing, filleting fish, etc. I was able to find a somewhat similar knife made by JinLi, but it was lacking the peeling feature in the center. Any idea where I could read more about this knife or figure out how to use it? Link.
posted by Happydaz at 4:22 PM PST - 9 comments

The Dim Bulb that Killed the Live Bulb

Did I kill these flower bulbs? [more inside]
posted by baseballpajamas at 1:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Dating (and socializing in general) while awkward

I've managed to boil my issues with dating (and relating) down to what seems to be issues with social perception, anxiety, and poor socialization as a kid. I need some concrete suggestions to help me iron out these issues so these don't continue to cause me pain. [more inside]
posted by actionpotential at 1:39 PM PST - 22 comments

What is this symbol on a restored Messerschmidt BF 109?

(this question inevitably deals with swastikas, as the symbol in question is in place of a swastika. I would rather not wind up debating the merits of the substitution in question - I'm just curious as to whether it's a standard device of some kind. Hopefully we all agree that swastikas and what they represent are bad.) TL:DR: A restored Messerschmidt BF 109 displays a device on its tail that is NOT a swastika, but appears designed to represent where the swastika was on the original. Is this some kind of a standard in non-swastika presentation? [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike at 1:32 PM PST - 7 comments

Helping a dog adapt to apartment living?

Our 8 year old dog will be transitioning from living her whole life in a moderate sized house-with-yard to an apartment (70% of the size) with cement patio. Suggestions on making this as stress-free as possible for her? [more inside]
posted by komlord at 12:20 PM PST - 7 comments

Last hurrah before baby?

Where to visit in late June (when 19 wks pregnant) that is relatively cool and on a lake or river? I need to escape Houston heat but I don't want to be on a plane for more than 8 hrs. [more inside]
posted by anthropomorphic at 11:56 AM PST - 14 comments

Can you identify this tree?

We are moving to our forever home very soon and it has a newish tree planted out front that we have been unable to identify. Online guides have been less than helpful. Help!
posted by grumpybear69 at 11:50 AM PST - 4 comments

Good savory dishes that include walnut?

Whenever I buy walnuts for something, I end up with some amount that sort of sits around for a while until I just use them up snacking. What are some good non-dessert recipes you love that include walnut in some form? Veg, meat, fish, pasta, rice, etc. all fine; no dietary restrictions – but exotic specialty ingredients will probably pose a problem. [more inside]
posted by taz at 11:02 AM PST - 56 comments

Help me bird

After going to a park to see a great horned owl and some babies yesterday, I'd like to explore getting into bird watching. My local Audubon Society meets on a night when I have a conflict. They do have some bird watching events on weekends that I can go to. But as a complete novice, what can I do on my own? [more inside]
posted by FencingGal at 10:42 AM PST - 15 comments

Yard structure project — weighing options

We have a wooden patio cover structure in our back yard that will need to be replaced soon (details within). We were hoping to do it as part of an overall yard renovation, but it looks like the timelines might not align very well. I'm trying to think through my options, and I'd love some advice. [more inside]
posted by primethyme at 10:41 AM PST - 9 comments

Examples of tattoos worn by members of fictional organizations?

I'm trying to compile a list (or better yet, gallery) of tattoos worn by members of fictional organizations as inspiration for temporary body art. Help me remember/discover more! [more inside]
posted by 168 at 10:39 AM PST - 27 comments

Tea bag confusion

Company X makes tea bags for regular tea and for iced tea in the same flavor. How are they different? If I don't add ice to the iced tea bag will it be the same as the regular tea bag? If I add ice to the regular tea bag will it taste the same as the iced tea bag?
posted by Aranquis at 10:31 AM PST - 7 comments

What's a short ritual that will banish work from my mind?

I have a job that's engaging and challenging. Unfortunately, being engaged and challenged eight hours a day means that sometimes it occupies brain space outside of those eight hours. Given that I'm short on time, what are good ways to limit thinking about the job to just when I'm at the job? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 8:59 AM PST - 25 comments

Shoulder doc in South Bay

Have you been to an ortho for a shoulder injury in the Bay Area? Who was it and what was your experience like with them? [more inside]
posted by jshort at 8:39 AM PST - 2 comments

Tell me it’s not a tumor… memory problems edition

I’m a healthy (no medications or conditions) not yet 40 year old person who has recently begun to experience memory lapses, mostly around forgetting where I’m supposed to be, or tasks I should have completed. Prior to the past few months, my memory was very good. [more inside]
posted by walkinginsunshine at 8:05 AM PST - 18 comments

How can I find out the author/title of this Transformers doujinshi?

Found some images from a Transformers doujinshi for the Starscream x Skyfire/Jetfire pairing, but need help identifying the title and author. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:55 AM PST - 2 comments

How do you properly change the terms of an apartment lease at renewal?

We just bought a rental property with an existing tenant who is in the middle of a year long lease. We plan to honor the remainder of the current lease without changing any terms. However, when the lease is up for renewal we would like to enforce a no-smoking policy. Unfortunately, the very nice current tenant does obviously smoke. YANML, but how can we go about making that change in a lease renewal without it seeming like we are trying to evict him by adding restrictions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:54 AM PST - 22 comments

Pokemon Go: what is this Seel/Dewgong hybrid evolution?

A few weeks ago I evolved a Seel (#86), without knowing what it would become. It ended up evolving into a new Pokemom (#87) but had the exact same name. Today I hatched a new Pokemom called a Dewgong, which looks just like the evolved Seel and is also #87. I can't find any evidence of this Seel->Seel hybrid. What's the deal with the second Seel? [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A at 1:03 AM PST - 4 comments

April 22

What was in My Fit Foods' gray box?

So, My Fit Foods suddenly went out of business not too long ago. I had tried them out a couple years ago and my favorite thing about them were the supplements they had in that gray box. It included an appetite suppressant as well as a few other things. For those of you who know what I'm talking about, I'd like to know what exactly was in it so I can go buy the supplements at my local GNC or find them online. Thanks!
posted by bookman117 at 10:41 PM PST - 2 comments

Iceland without renting a car?

Did you go to Iceland without renting a car? If so...did you feel your trip was limited by not having a car? Or dId you find other ways to get to awesome places? [more inside]
posted by flourpot at 10:37 PM PST - 12 comments

CSI this scene of insect carnage please? ("Should I buy it" edition)

This is a scene of apparently ongoing insect warfare in a house I am considering purchasing. It has been vacant about a year and is located in Los Angeles. Who is eating whom and should it cause me any worry as a potential homeowner? Who made the poop splats? What is the "dirt"? I don't see any termites. So I am inclined not to worry. But I am curious for sure. Pics below the fold. [more inside]
posted by bluesky78987 at 8:54 PM PST - 9 comments

From the beginning

I really enjoy Ada Palmer's blog Ex Urbe. Previously. what else in the same vein can you recommend? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Suggestions for MA dentist for young anxious adult on the spectrum

We're looking for a dentist in the Belmont/Arlington/Watertown/Cambridge area for my 19 year-old son who is ready to transition from his pediatric dentist. He likes her and her hygienist, but he's become embarrassed to go into their very kid-oriented office. He has lots of anxiety about medical settings, and really hates having people up close with their fingers and instruments in his mouth. He doesn't have any particular dental issues, just twice-yearly cleanings and exams. [more inside]
posted by primate moon at 7:54 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I hang clothes under my standing desk

I'd like to install a clothes hanging rod underneath my standing desk, but I'm having trouble finding the right hardware online. [more inside]
posted by Cogito at 3:33 PM PST - 13 comments

How many eggs are too many eggs?

What should be the limit on egg consumption by my two highly energetic and active sons, aged 8 and 11? It's just that our chooks prodce more than we can possibly eat, so from a dietary/nutrition basis, should there be any limit on their consumption, daily or weekly?
posted by wilful at 2:14 PM PST - 14 comments

Does yellow fiestaware glow brightly?

My mother found yellow fiestaware plates at a thrift shop, and we're pretty sure they're vingtage. I joked about them being radioactive, and now she's worried about eating from them. From what I can find, it's the older red-orange that's the health risk. In looking up information based on the stamp, I'm guessing they were made between the 1940s ad 1972... which does't help much. Any advice?
posted by korej at 1:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Restaurant complaint etiquette

There are a wide range of items one could potentially have issue with while dining out. Which complaints warrant mentioning to the wait staff or manager and which do not? [more inside]
posted by waving at 1:09 PM PST - 50 comments

Yr favorite niche podcast

Give me your diamond-in-the-rough podcasts that you've never been able to recommend to anyone because the subject is too specific. [more inside]
posted by book 'em dano at 12:47 PM PST - 35 comments

Row row row yer recs

Shoe recommendation thread! I'm looking for some shoes I can use on my indoor rowing machine that would also be comfy and functional doing weights and calisthenics. No treadmill. Requirements: flat (zero-drop), firm soled for good power transfer, fast drying, adjustable and comfy. Tell me what you like!
posted by Burhanistan at 12:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Filmmaker seeking public domain songs that could also be a prom theme?

Filmmaker seeking meta-help. I need a song with public domain lyrics that could have conceivably been a U.S. prom theme in 1989. Possibly an early standard that was re-recorded as a Billboard Hit in the 50s-80s? [more inside]
posted by skammer at 11:52 AM PST - 15 comments

Songs for the non singer?

I love music from the 30s and 40s. I'm not musical and I absolutely cannot sing (such talent would be among my wishes of the leprechaun), but I'm slowly learning how to play ukulele and, as it becomes possible, want to develop a small repertoire of sweet and simple songs that a) aren't too hard to memorize, and b) won't hurt the ears of the people around me or cause dogs to howl. [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife at 11:43 AM PST - 13 comments

Erotic Books Available Through Amazon

My prison penpal has sheepishly requested some books with sex scenes, and while I've never been in prison I was a bookish teenager before internet porn existed and I get it. Help me find kinky novels or short story collections that are 1) available in paperback through Amazon and 2) don't scream THIS IS GAY PORN on the cover (though homosexual or bisexual content is a plus!!!) [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana at 10:17 AM PST - 17 comments

What is (not) up with my penis?

I have been having some technical difficulties. [more inside]
posted by EddieF at 9:43 AM PST - 13 comments

In search of: this disturbing film short

Hello hivemind. I need your help in finding a black-and-white film short that I saw once as a child. [more inside]
posted by Aya Hirano on the Astral Plane at 9:40 AM PST - 8 comments

Do you tip your veterinarian?

My vet has recently added a tip line to the credit card slip that I sign when checking out. Then, the office put a sign on the counter that read, tips are for boarding, grooming, (and a few other cosmetic services I can't remember). I want to do the right thing, and apparently here, it's tip the vet. I really mostly want to know if this is common or expected everywhere. [more inside]
posted by banjonaut at 9:35 AM PST - 12 comments

"She's going for distance, she's going for speed..."

I graduated from Couch to 5K yesterday. This is awesome! Now... how do I get to where I can actually run a 5K? [more inside]
posted by joycehealy at 8:51 AM PST - 18 comments

Tracking "Photos You're Tagged In" on Instagram

Question for social media pros and Insta-influencers! I manage Instagram accounts for major brands that are often tagged in other users' pictures, and I need a way to track those mentions. Seems simple enough, right? Complications inside. [more inside]
posted by Freyja at 8:07 AM PST - 3 comments

What are the best websites for watching Spanish language video?

What are the best websites for watching Spanish language video, preferably for free? I am trying to improve my Spanish. Sites that include subtitles (Spanish, English, or both) with video would be particularly great.
posted by mortaddams at 7:15 AM PST - 3 comments

April 21

Store with unintentionally dirty name near Lancaster, PA?

A while back I spotted someone carrying a reusable grocery bag that gave me a good laugh - the store's name on the bag was something that was unintentionally dirty. I think the store's name was someone's last name, which was unfortunate, because their name was also the name of a sex act or something having to do with something sexual. I've been wracking my brain to figure out what this store was but I can't remember! Any ideas? It would have been in or near Lancaster, PA and would have probably been a market or grocery store of some sort.
posted by emily37 at 11:43 PM PST - 35 comments

Moving into corporate apartment; leaving house vacant for 10 weeks

We’re moving! For 10 weeks! And we’re leaving our house vacant! What should we do to prepare it? And what do we bring to our “furnished” apartment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:39 PM PST - 14 comments

Can US custody cases petition financial records from non-US citizens?

The short of it is I gave a close friend a bunch of money to help him separate from his wife (he was the stay-at-home parent for years and had no funds of his own). Now they're in a very bitter custody battle. He's worried they may try to drag me in by petitioning (or whatever it's called) to see my bank statements - they may want to see if I gave him more than he disclosed. I didn't, but they're digging for anything they can find to use against him as he's asking for spousal support. I'm Canadian and all of my money and bank accounts are in Canada. Is this something they can do, or is this not possible because the funds and myself aren't in the US?
posted by anonymous at 11:39 PM PST - 11 comments

I am a lightweight. When am I safe to drive?

I'm 6'2", 180 lbs. After one beer I'm feeling pretty good. A few months ago, a half of a beer on an empty stomach made me very intoxicated. I avoid craft beers over 8% abv. I rarely have two beers and almost never more than that. I drink usually 2x the water as I drink beer. t usually takes me about an hour to drink a pint. I wait an hour after drinking to drive. And I'm still nervous. How long do I have to wait until I'm safe? [more inside]
posted by rebent at 8:22 PM PST - 24 comments

How Much Computer Do I Really Need?

Have a new job as a copywriter in NYC and need a workhorse ultrabook to commute with. Right now I'm using my wife's MacBook Pro, but I'm freaking out about it and need my own gear. I am getting confused about the new hard drives and what-all and need good rec's on what I should be looking at for a powerful, but not top of the line system. [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 6:35 PM PST - 12 comments

Tell me your MAOI depression success story after SSRIs failed you.

YANMD, but that doesn't matter because I'm looking for patients, not doctors. Please share your success story if Nardil (or another MAOI inhibitor) defeated your depression after you tried all of the SSRIs on the market for years without any joy. How did you deal with the dietary restrictions, weight gain, and side effects? Was it worth all the risks and changes? [more inside]
posted by tzikeh at 5:28 PM PST - 13 comments

What is this plant in this overgrown community garden plot?

Spouse and I just got assigned a previously-neglected plot in an established community garden. We could identify almost everything growing in it except this thing at the front. I think it's some kind of allium gone to seed, maybe, or a weird lily, but I really have no idea. So...what is this, should I keep it, and can I eat it?
posted by lemonadeheretic at 5:06 PM PST - 13 comments

What are some useful ways to organize historical research materials?

I'm using primary and secondary sources to research a historical event and the people involved. Some of these sources are available online, others are documents that I've photographed myself. I have hundreds of pages of documents to transcribe and extract information from. How can I best organize it all? Shoot, even if you can recommend a book on historical research methods, that would be useful too. [more inside]
posted by shapes that haunt the dusk at 4:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Do I dare go green? I’m envious of that hair!

I’m stuck on hair color. I’m curious about switching it up from pinks/purples to green! Though it will also end up on unbleached hair. [more inside]
posted by Crystalinne at 3:34 PM PST - 14 comments

Turning a rejection into a fellowship

I got rejected for a fellowship that I was really excited about. Can I get them to reconsider? [more inside]
posted by troytroy at 3:09 PM PST - 7 comments

where to move next?

Is there any major US city I could feel rooted in as a single, childless 30 something? [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti at 3:08 PM PST - 23 comments

When in Boston eat the Lobstah Roll?

Over the course of the summer I have a couple fairly long lay overs in Boston. My intention is to use this time to explore the Freedom Trail and the MFA (over the course of several trips). I would also like to try out a couple of lobster rolls during these adventures. [more inside]
posted by AnneShirley at 2:30 PM PST - 22 comments

Can you identify this building?

When I watch PBS Newshour, I often see people in New York being interviewed from a particular studio location. I would like to know where the studio is and what the building visible beyond the speaker's left shoulder is. [more inside]
posted by Right On Red at 1:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Friend gets concussion; depression lifts?

Earlier this week, I received an out-of-the-blue text from one of my oldest friends. She shared that she’d been in an accident and got a concussion… but that it’s okay!! Actually great! Amazing! Her life-long depression has lifted!! Isn’t it wonderful?!? But, uh, I’m not so sure? [more inside]
posted by Empire Today at 1:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Is there an app for that?

I browse the web using Chrome on my desktop and I have an I-phone. I often see articles while on my desktop that I want to discuss with someone when I see them next, which might be several weeks away. Is there an easy way to send the article to my phone and at the same time set an alarm to remind me about it at a particular time and date in the future, ideally without having to touch my phone to do it? Many thanks in advance!
posted by miaou at 1:42 PM PST - 7 comments

"Have you tried GTD?"

I have ADHD and my task managing is a mess right now. While I don't lack motivation or ability to prioritize, I have a terrible memory and poor sense of time. Help me figure out a process that lets me tackle my to-dos the most efficiently, and helps me remember to do them. [more inside]
posted by brook horse at 1:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Are you an engineer or an engineern't

In other words, why am I good at abstract & theoretical math and so horrible at applied/computational math? [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar at 1:08 PM PST - 18 comments

Cleaning stripped antique wood furniture?

I was given an antique buffet table that has been stripped (mostly) and let sit in the garage for a few years. How do I clean & refinish it?? [more inside]
posted by Caravantea at 12:37 PM PST - 2 comments

Wonky tiling took my smiling :(

Despite due diligence, our first real hire-a-pro remodel project is going off the rails. Can you help us figure out how to salvage this bathroom tile issue and make it look decent? [more inside]
posted by St. Hubbins at 12:21 PM PST - 16 comments

I am looking for the most interesting living history events world wide

I am looking for the most interesting living history events world wide - Living history or historic cultural events like Highland games, etc. Help me plan 2018 travel. [more inside]
posted by beccaj at 11:59 AM PST - 3 comments

Working remotely from NYC

I'd like to find a good place to work from remotely with my laptop in NYC (preferably Manhattan) for two days next week. In the Bay Area, we have coffeeshops where for a reasonable hourly fee you can essentially rent a table and wi-fi, and patronize the cafe as desired on top of that. Guarantees good internet and no side-eye from employees for taking up space for long periods. Is there anything like that in NY? Google is not turning it up on a quick search.
posted by eugenen at 11:17 AM PST - 16 comments

Unusual relaxation products?

Fidget toys are a recent example of odd/fun products that have an relaxing effect. Can you name similar products?
posted by Foci for Analysis at 11:10 AM PST - 25 comments

Beef Tenderloin HALP

I am having a dinner party this weekend. Apparently I was supposed to get a center-cut beef tenderloin weighing 3# or so; I have managed to acquire a WHOLE tenderloin weighing 7# and taller than my baby. WHAT DO I DO? [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 10:37 AM PST - 16 comments

How do I get off the dating merry-go-round?

How can I choose one romantic life partner and shut off all other options forever? Do I need horse blinders? [more inside]
posted by Guinevere at 10:23 AM PST - 14 comments

Very portable Bluetooth speakers?

Looking for recommendations for a Bluetooth speaker along the lines of this one that I can pack in my projector bag for times when no others are available. Ideally loud enough for 3-4 kids watching a movie inside to hear without complaining, and with an option to connect via USB.
posted by ryanshepard at 9:34 AM PST - 15 comments

but WHICH island?

A friend and I are going to be in Scotland May 7-15. We are using Glasgow as a home base, but we want to go visit an island. I'm having trouble figuring out 1. which island; and 2. how to get to said island. Does anyone have any Scotland tips?! [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia at 9:16 AM PST - 17 comments

What would inspire you to pre-order a book?

Have you ever pre-ordered(*) a book by an author whose books you didn't already own? If so, what made you do it? If not, are there things that might inspire you to do so? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog at 9:04 AM PST - 40 comments

Pointy end goes in the other man.

Can you help identfy what original renaissance book or manuscript this image comes from? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 8:36 AM PST - 8 comments

What do you see when you turn out the light?

I wish I had known this before we got married, but my wife and I may be from different species! The only remaining question is, who is the alien? Please read and tell us (based on your own experience of the earth) who the alien is. [more inside]
posted by bluejayway at 8:28 AM PST - 40 comments

Digital peephole for the peephole-less

Is there a product that will let me view who's ringing my doorbell from a screen inside the house (without opening the door), but that does not require an existing peephole nor drilling? And that just activates when a doorbell is pushed (no interest in a constant security camera, as that would be overkill)? [more inside]
posted by rollcredits at 8:26 AM PST - 4 comments

Where can I find a *specific* movie poster for "And the Ship Sails On"?

In the 80s, when I was in college, I owned a poster for Fellini's "And the Ship Sails On" ("E la Nave Va"), and I'd love to own it again. There are posters for sale, but not the version I want, which is this photo of a man in a rowboat with a rhinoceros. On the version I had, the film's title was printed under the photo. I want to hang it on my wall, poster size, so printing low-res web versions won't work.
posted by grumblebee at 8:13 AM PST - 4 comments

Music for a rainy day.

What is this genre of music? Where can I find sheet music of this kind of thing?
posted by dmd at 8:03 AM PST - 5 comments

Love "The Leftovers". Should I watch "Lost"?

I'm a huge fan of "The Leftovers". Should I power through Lindelof's previous series, "Lost"? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover at 7:28 AM PST - 32 comments

The best way to cut small pills for a wily cat?

My cat who nearly died of a brain infection has been seizure-free long enough to step down on his 16.2-mg dose of phenobarbital. The vet wants me to give him 3/4 of a very small pill twice a day. The pill cutter the pharmacy gave me for this purpose is not working well. [more inside]
posted by *s at 7:27 AM PST - 14 comments

How can I get back my mojo?

I'm a 39-year-old woman in a long-term (16 years) heterosexual relationship, and in the past year or so I've had a big unexplained drop in libido. I've had my hormone levels checked, which was the only test my doctor did in response to the problem, and they're normal. One big problem is that, suddenly, sex is often painful. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:07 AM PST - 11 comments

Help with Life Insurance

Hive, I am a 33 year old male who got married in December and on advice of our financial advisor started shopping for life insurance. I am healthy but have asthma and tried weed once. Now I received what I think is the worst rate at almost twice the price I was originally quoted. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:05 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me keep my cleaning person healthy

I'm sick right now. My cleaning person arrives tomorrow. What items should I attack with bleach today to keep the germs away from her? [more inside]
posted by Owlcat at 6:50 AM PST - 6 comments

Art supplies for miniature artists

Our beloved neighbors were just hit with the double whammy of welcoming a new baby into the world and getting diagnosed with cancer. In addition to the new kiddo, they have two other kids, ages 3 and 6. I would like to get them some fun art supplies so they get a little attention and can have some fun (and maybe even stay occupied and out of mom and dad's hair for a minute). Problem is I'm a little clueless about what would be fun or appropriate for kids of that age. [more inside]
posted by marshmallow peep at 6:32 AM PST - 12 comments

Question for woodworkers

I'm planning to build a couple of tables and a laptop desk/cart loosely based on the design of these nesting tables—specifically, bases made of 1.5"x1.5" wood. The bases will be painted. Please help me choose the wood. [more inside]
posted by she's not there at 6:21 AM PST - 10 comments

Kickstart or not? How much *nonfun* effort do I put into my pet project

My pet project is and illustrated cook book for climbers. It's almost finished, but I can't figure out how much effort I should put into the *not fun* process of marketing it. And if it makes sense to start a kickstarter or not? How did you decide how much effort to put into your pet project? Internal debate inside. [more inside]
posted by Thisandthat at 5:05 AM PST - 12 comments

Should I attend my student's quinceañera?

I'm a highschool teacher. One of my students will be celebrating a large quinceañera in a couple days. I don't know her family, but her parents sent me a formal invitation. The student is really excited to invite me and I'm fairly certain she would feel hurt or disapointed if I don't stop by. I'd like to at least stop by and meet her parents, but I'm uncertain if this is "weird" or overstepping professional boundaries. [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE at 1:59 AM PST - 21 comments

April 20

Tell me I don't have to go to the doctor tomorrow - dog bite edition

I got bitten by a dog. Pretty good puncture wounds, definitely not a rabid dog. Doc friends are predicting augmentin. Already did alcohol and bacitracin. Would love not to go to my primary tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by Pax at 9:33 PM PST - 22 comments

Dog ate gum- now what?

My dog ate a discarded piece of very well-chewed spearmint "Ice Cubes" gum. Is he in danger? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 8:11 PM PST - 15 comments

Laptop under $1000 for college kid

Can anyone suggest a laptop for an incoming college Freshman this fall, under $1000, no gaming? Also, any advice on how to shop for this is much appreciated! [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt at 7:56 PM PST - 33 comments

Help me make my drive from Oakland airport to Healdsburg memorable...

Catching an early (0600) flight from PDX to OAK next week and would like to kill an extra hour or several en route to our hotel in Healdsburg. Suggestions on interesting sights or spots to see along the way would be appreciated.
posted by docpops at 7:41 PM PST - 16 comments

Can you order from the full menu at Spoon Thai in Chicago for lunch?

I'm taking a trip to Chicago and considering going to Spoon Thai for lunch on Monday. Their full menu looks fabulous, but at the bottom, there's a "Lunch Special" listed, with some appetizers + entrees that are much less appealing to me. I would like to know if that's just a particular deal that's offered for lunch, or if those are the only options available for lunch. [more inside]
posted by creepygirl at 7:33 PM PST - 8 comments

Professional audio quality that is portable, affordable?

I am about to do a series of interviews where I need excellent audio quality in a highly portable format--preferably with stuff I already own. Will the following set up work? [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias at 7:20 PM PST - 4 comments

The Cost of Clear Skin

I'm dealing with some ugh side effects with Minocycline for some dermatitis on my face. Side effects include almost crippling dizziness and woozy tummy. But it's early days - help me sort the options. [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill at 7:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Why can't I access all episodes in my TuneIn app?

I use Android. I paid for a premium version of TuneIn, the podcast app. Now I'm trying to access the first season of Coffee Break French and can't access anything but the most recent episodes. Is there a way to access *all* episodes? BeyondPod, which is free, does this with no problem, so I know that these episodes do exist. Is there something I'm missing in TuneIn?
posted by onecircleaday at 6:50 PM PST - 0 comments

States with the best Medicaid Access to Mental Health

I'm leaving NYC b/c of lack of good mental health services for those on Medicaid. Is there a ranking of which states have the best mental health Medicaid services? Any personal experience you can share would be great too. I'm specifically looking for EMDR and DBT.
posted by Kombucha3452 at 6:47 PM PST - 8 comments

POD that allows nudity...

Jesus, I feel like I'm living in 1968. Suggestions please. [more inside]
posted by zenpop at 6:37 PM PST - 4 comments

Bric's folding duffel: women's luggage, or OK for a guy?

Hi! I'm in need of a multipurpose travel bag and this Bric's folding duffel (in navy) seems like the perfect match. Except... the sides aren't flat. Instead, in a purse-like fashion, the ends of the zipper form triangles which then snap to the sides. Is this, in fact, a piece of women's luggage? Would it come off in the same way as a dude carrying a purse? I know how ridiculous the notion of gendered luggage is, but hey, fashion is weird. Please advise! (Nordstrom seems to categorize it under women's luggage, but if you search for the bag and click on the Men's section, it shows up there too.)
posted by archagon at 4:46 PM PST - 13 comments

Are there any legal problems with using a stink bomb in your own garden?

This is an odd question I know, but are there any legal problems with releasing a stink bomb in your own garden or the entry behind your garden in the UK? [more inside]
posted by Ranting Prophet of DOOM! at 3:58 PM PST - 9 comments

Why did the USSR help North Korea with their nuclear program?

I've been doing some research on North Korea's nuclear program just so I know more about the current situation. I am trying to find out if the Soviets actually helped the North Koreans get nukes, and what motivated the USSR to help North Korea with their nuclear program in the first place. [more inside]
posted by loganabbott at 3:43 PM PST - 3 comments

Dr. King to listen to

I'm part of a small group of people reading Dr. King's Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? One of the men in the group has low vision and he will need an audio file. There is none to be had. [more inside]
posted by nohattip at 3:25 PM PST - 5 comments

What is this (Scandinavian?) language?

Can you identify the language in this cycling commentary? I think it's Scandinavian, maybe Norwegian?
posted by EtTuHealy at 3:02 PM PST - 4 comments

No more free bird handouts!

Our lawn has gotten pretty patchy overall and totally bare in some significant areas. I've been trying to reseed, but the birds keep coming and eating all of it. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 3:01 PM PST - 8 comments

Reading suggestions before kitchen remodel?

What should I be reading now to educate myself in advance of a kitchen remodel? I'm open to book recommendations, magazines, blogs, etc... [more inside]
posted by figgy_finicky at 2:21 PM PST - 8 comments

How best to argue about free speech on campus?

This is essentially a "do you find this persuasive, and if not, why?" [more inside]
posted by aspersioncast at 1:59 PM PST - 30 comments

Short story about an alien boy?

I have vague memories of a sci-fi short story that I would have read some time in the mid-to-late 70s, involving a kid, un-athletic and not capable of doing much physically, who discovers in the end that his physiology is perfectly suited for (if memory serves) Mars. Help me find this story? [more inside]
posted by hanov3r at 1:48 PM PST - 8 comments

light reading suggestions

i've been spending an inordinate amount of time in medical waiting/exams rooms lately because reasons. in many places cell phone use is disallowed. please recommend some lighthearted reading selections that will help the boredom and also take my mind off the situation. short story collections would be especially welcome.
posted by lescour at 1:00 PM PST - 23 comments

How do I hide these bald spots?

I am finding coin-sized bald spots on my scalp, possibly from alopecia areata. I have long, dark hair and at least one spot on the top of my crown is noticeable no matter where I part my hair. How do I hide this? Also, is it possible any of this is related to the birth of my first child but NOT simply postpartum hair loss? [more inside]
posted by Hwaet at 12:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Where was this picture taken?

We have this picture on the wall in our office: https://imgur.com/a/L3mta Can anyone identify the location? we're pretty sure it's somewhere in the San Francisco Bay Area.
posted by morninj at 12:05 PM PST - 3 comments

Blockchain: Is 20,000 tokens for a month's work worth it?

A company has proposed to hire me for a month as a contractor. It's a company that does work in the blockchain and they're offering 20,000 tokens for 30 days' work. Is this worth it or am I being taken advantage of? [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 11:30 AM PST - 42 comments

iPhone Accessories for Car

Old car, new phone, clueless operator. Looking for product recommendations that suit my preferences. [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing at 11:19 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me get organized

I teach at a College and at a University, I also work at an office, am on a busy board of directors, and have two small children. Getting Things Done worked for me when I just had one full-time job, but with this chaos I can't seem to keep my head straight. Please help. [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman at 10:58 AM PST - 11 comments

Help my 9 year old become an Astronaut?

So I'm the father of a very clever 9 year old who is obsessed with space. When she grows up she'd like to either be an astronaut or an astronomer (ideally both). I thought I'd be fun for us to put together an 'Astronaut Training Program' for her that would combine physical fitness (e.g. cross-country, SCUBA, etc.) and educational opportunities (learning about math, programming, engineering, physics, etc) to prepare her for her future application in 13+ years. [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky at 10:08 AM PST - 26 comments

Graphic Novels for The Expanse fan.

I'm looking for graphic novels, comics, or anything similar to fill the void in my life left by The Expanse between seasons. [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart at 10:01 AM PST - 8 comments

Tears of Joy or Regret after Purchasing a Teardrop Trailer?

My husband and I are thinking about purchasing a teardrop trailer to tow behind our Subaru Outback, primarily to allow more weekend outdoor adventuring with our baby. We've never done the trailer thing before. Good idea or bad idea? [more inside]
posted by Jaclyn at 9:53 AM PST - 14 comments

How to deal with a former weird intern asking for work.

So this kid interned for me a year ago. There's no nice way to say it but he gave off a real Lenny based Mice and Men vibe. Hulking kid with a stutter who kept a permanent half smile on his face that did not read as a normal. He keeps hitting me up for work and I'm kinda torn on what to tell him. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:39 AM PST - 23 comments

My own response to spouse's yelling/anger

I'm having a lot of trouble dealing with yelling at home. My wife's daily yelling matches with our young son are exhausting and stressing me (and I must reduce stress for medical reasons). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:37 AM PST - 66 comments

Couples Therapy

What are the differences in couples therapy? Is there one method that's better for dealing with grief than another? Confused by "emotionally focused" vs. behavioral or gottman, etc. etc.
posted by Smedleyman at 9:25 AM PST - 6 comments

Do I have to surrender my cell phone at my brother's wedding?

My younger brother's fiancée recently sent an email to attendees of their wedding, which will be in a couple of months. It was a friendly reminder of various logistical details, and included the following stipulation: "We have chosen to make our wedding a cell phone-free event. You can leave your cell phone in your car or check it in with one of our gracious cell phone valets!" [more inside]
posted by Sokka shot first at 9:18 AM PST - 102 comments

DIY Sticky Situation

Another home project, stuck in the final planning stages. I need to adhere two thin steel sheets to the inside of a couple cabinet doors. [more inside]
posted by sharp pointy objects at 9:02 AM PST - 11 comments

UK snap election filter: what's the best use of my time?

I want more than anything for any or all of the more left-leaning parties edge out the Tories in the upcoming election, however unlikely it seems. Do you have a decent understanding of politics and campaigning in the UK? If so, can you advise me on what's the best thing to use my time on? [more inside]
posted by greenish at 8:57 AM PST - 6 comments

Need my celebrity fixes.

How does the paparazzi work, exactly? There are many, many celebrities who are photographed almost 24/7. Where do those photos go? [more inside]
posted by Melismata at 8:25 AM PST - 7 comments

Cashew Milk Conundrum

For what reason did all the stores in my area decide to stop carrying Cashew Milk in the original variety? And is it just my area, or everywhere the product is carried? [more inside]
posted by Crystal Fox at 8:18 AM PST - 6 comments

What are the Muppets?

By which I mean, in the Jim Henson Universe, are there any hints/explanations about how Muppets occur? [more inside]
posted by threetwentytwo at 7:30 AM PST - 70 comments

pls identity a family GPS app that works between iPhone + Android?

Due to some irrational but very mutual worry habits, my husband and I are currently using the Life360 app to see where each other is throughout the day. However Life360 is proving to have limitations with iPhones. the android phone's location updates near-instantly, but the iPhone can take 15-60 minutes to show a new location, which as you might imagine only exacerbates the worry problem. Have any of you iPhone users found a GPS pairing app that works and updates properly, AND has an available Android version as well? Thanks!
posted by isaacq at 6:51 AM PST - 4 comments

What would be a fair price range for these comic books?

I want to sell a few silver age comic books at a store, and I'm wondering what a fair price would be? [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat at 6:48 AM PST - 0 comments

Ovarian cyst

Anyone here had a simple ovarian cyst of 5-6 cm? What happened to it? Did it shrink down? If not after how much monitoring did they remove it and how was the surgery? I have my 2 month follow up ultrasound on Tuesday for my 57 mm one Thanks
posted by barexamfreak at 5:31 AM PST - 13 comments

Please pant me!

It's typically very difficult for me to find pants that fit me well - I have more than once gone into a dressing room with an arm load of pants, tried them all on, and walked out sad and frustrated, with no pants. I finally found one brand/cut that works and have just stuck with it for several years. However, I'm getting a little bored and would like to diversify. [more inside]
posted by bunderful at 5:26 AM PST - 12 comments

Advice on custom print t-shirts for work

I am in the NYC area and am looking to get t-shirts printed for myself and the rest of my coworkers. We will be wearing these for fairly strenuous outside work so they need to breathe well and be fairly sturdy. I'd like them to look good as well. Where should I get them printed, what kind of shirt fabric and what are things to keep in mind to make things look good? [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek at 3:05 AM PST - 2 comments

How do you pronounce "Lost City of Z"?

Percy Fawcett was British, so did he say "Lost City of Zed" or, as the new movie trailers have it, "Lost City of Zee"? [more inside]
posted by CCBC at 3:05 AM PST - 7 comments

What instrument is being played in this Rogue One soundtrack piece?

What instrument is being played over the drums/percussion in the "Jedha Suite" from the Rogue One soundtrack? The instrument in question comes in at 0:15.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 1:29 AM PST - 14 comments

April 19

Looking for pants that don't irritate my crotch

I having some weird bladder and belly sensitivities that are making my jeans/pants feel uncomfortable. I've gone to the gyn for testing and plan on going to see a gastroenterologist in the near future. These issues are making my pants and underwear very uncomfortable. [more inside]
posted by mokeydraws at 10:15 PM PST - 19 comments

Indoor "home, sweet home" type sign?

I am trying to spruce up my new place with a "home, sweet home" type sign that will be hanging indoors - something homey or uplifting but not overly saccharine and nothing too witty/sarcastic. I am interested in something warm over something sassy. Any suggestions?
posted by cokelessrome at 9:43 PM PST - 11 comments

Know any bridesmaid hairstyles that still look good the morning after?

Any recommendations (pictures please!) for fancy up-dos or just pretty hairstyles that'll still look good after a night's sleep? [more inside]
posted by bluelight at 8:49 PM PST - 19 comments

Things to do with a 3- and 6-year-old in NYC?

What should I do with my 3- and 6-year-old goddaughters this weekend in NYC? [more inside]
posted by this, of course, alludes to sex at 7:26 PM PST - 23 comments

Science March sign ideas!

I'm drawing a blank, and I'm taking my eldest this Saturday to my local march. This is his first march of any sort, ever, and I want it to be fun, and lighthearted while also deadly serious, and I want him to remember it. We need signs. [n.b. I did see this thread but am looking for more general ideas, and don't want to pollute that thread with less on-target responses. Thanks.] [more inside]
posted by Emperor SnooKloze at 6:49 PM PST - 13 comments

"Deep club" music as seen on SNL?

(Asking for a friend.) On a recent episode of SNL, there was a skit with a funeral where two friends sing "deep club" music supposedly written by the deceased. These songs have been haunting my dreams. Where can I listen to more of this music? [more inside]
posted by cider at 6:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Colds, steam and sensitive skin.

I caught a cold and have been fairly miserable for the past couple of weeks. To soothe my irritated throat from what is is likely post nasal drip, the doctor who visited me today suggested I inhale steam plus a combination of essential oils twice a day- problem is, my skin is quite sensitive and always comes out dehydrated from a hot shower, so I'm wondering whether this much steam may do more harm than good to my face. Is there any way to use steam on sensitive skin without damaging it? [more inside]
posted by opalshards at 5:56 PM PST - 13 comments

Why can't I get relish at any hot dog stands in New York City?

When I was a kid, I'd always get relish on my hot dogs. For some mysterious reason, though, relish has vanished from hot dog stands in NYC. (Sauerkraut remains universally available.) Does anyone know why this is? Cost? Health codes? [more inside]
posted by phooky at 5:48 PM PST - 4 comments

Literary crack for Elementary schoolers?

My third-grade nephew reads below his grade level and just hasn't caught on to reading. His Dad says he will read comic books as long as they're reading it together, but wants him to read things solo. (Tried Harry Potter, proved to be too challenging.) Nephew enjoys video games, Pokemon, and break-dancing. We were considering giving him a magazine subscription focusing one of those topics. Any recc's for books 1st/2nd graders love, or kid-oriented magazines that might prove irresistible to this kid?
posted by egeanin at 5:29 PM PST - 25 comments

Wedding-safe '70s and '80s cheesiness.

We're getting married in a pinball arcade whose decor features wall-sized, airbrushed paintings of skeleton-wizards and is generally very '80s (and AD&D). What safe-for-all-ages, high-energy songs would you put on the wedding playlist that would work well with the venue's natural goofiness/oddness? (We have ABBA and Queen. Good lord do we have ABBA and Queen. And more inside!) [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 4:50 PM PST - 43 comments

Is there an index of public Google "My Maps"?

Is there a searchable Google Maps Gallery? I was able to find this page for exploring public "My Maps," but it doesn't have a search function. I'm sure there must be more user-created public Google maps than are accessible from that page. [more inside]
posted by Joleta at 4:25 PM PST - 1 comment

Friend needs help with a peculiar rental situation.

The short of it is: friend wants to rent apartment. Friend was given keys to the apartment without signing a lease and paying a dime toward rent or a deposit. Current landlord was supposed to fix several major issues in the apartment and then meet with friend to sign the lease/turn over a payment this week. Neither of those happened on the agreed upon dates. Landlord isn't returning texts or calls....what's the next step? Details below. [more inside]
posted by Young Kullervo at 3:52 PM PST - 8 comments

#superbloom Road Trip

I want to take a solo road trip from the SF Bay Area this weekend to go see amazing displays of wildflowers. I know next to nothing about wildflowers, the southern half of California, and the hiking/camping/nature found in Southern California. Help me re: flower destinations, itinerary feedback, and things I should check out. Is Carrizo Plain my best bet? [more inside]
posted by soleiluna at 3:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Why did Set Adrift On Memory Bliss disappear from the album on iTunes?

P.M. Dawn's 1991 hit Set Adrift On Memory Bliss was song 9 on their album Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience. This song is missing from the album on iTunes - it skips from song 8 to song 10. Anyone know why?
posted by Dragonness at 3:31 PM PST - 11 comments

Introduce me to computer games for my kid

My six year old LOVES video games. I have extremely limited experience with them. I need some kind of introductory understanding. We have a desktop computer running Linux Mint and no real interest in owning a gaming console (like XBOX or whatever kids today use). Please help me help him. [more inside]
posted by linettasky at 2:36 PM PST - 13 comments

Field trip map app??

I am one of a few chaperones on an upcoming trip to DC. Instead of handing students a paper map of the area in which they can roam about, is there a more iPhone friendly option? [more inside]
posted by mzwz at 1:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Translate this Japanese t-shirt for me, please

I want to purchase this t-shirt for a friend, but am not sure what the text says. Could someone please translate it for me?
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic at 1:39 PM PST - 12 comments

Looking for a personal-training app or email

My routine at the gym has been stagnating. I went to an intro bootcamp class this morning and it was ridiculously fun, mainly because I didn't have to think about it or plan it; I don't, however, want to spend the $150/mo they charge to continue with that. I've been happy in the past to do internet searches to put together routines of my own, but I don't have the time now. Is there an app or email system that would give me a 20- to 30-minute routine with the following? [more inside]
posted by lazuli at 1:27 PM PST - 9 comments

A small phone mystery

I just got a call from someone who claimed to have just received a missed call from my phone. I did not call the number, there is no record of my phone having dialed the number, and no one has access to my phone (it's passcode protected; I'm at work and no one knows my passcode). What is this?! [more inside]
posted by millipede at 1:11 PM PST - 13 comments

Looking for a series of performances?

Sometime between 2009 and 2014 there was a series of performances by emerging artists including Grimes, Lumineers, and Of Monsters and Men. It was shot in what looked like an abandoned factory and was shown on MTV and VH1. Occasionally it was titled "ahead of the curve" sessions and sometimes it had a different name. over time mistakes in the performances were edited to be more "correct." I'd love to be able to purchase a collection of all the performances, but all of my searches have come up nothing. Help?
posted by evilmonk at 1:09 PM PST - 0 comments

Etymological missing link

I learned today that at some point before their extinction, Great Auks were commonly known as penguins. Europeans traveling near the edges of the Southern hemisphere saw birds that reminded them of auks, so they called them penguins. Then Great Auks became extinct, and the only penguins left were the birds that had been given that name based on a misunderstanding. Is there a term for this linguistic phenomenon, where a link in an etymological chain has ceased to exist? Are there other common examples?
posted by layceepee at 12:52 PM PST - 5 comments

Camping on a budget

I want to do some car camping in May/June and currently I have no equipment except for a sleeping bag. How can I do this on a pretty strict budget? I've been camping many times before and I don't need a lot of creature comforts. I will most likely be traveling alone. Temperatures will likely range from 50-80 F, occasional rain/T-storms expected. [more inside]
posted by AFABulous at 12:22 PM PST - 22 comments

housecleaning crisis redux: mental health edition

In December I asked this question. Now things have gotten bad again, and I need help. [more inside]
posted by thereemix at 9:48 AM PST - 18 comments

Bringing Science to the Masses

How can I help the general public better understand basic scientific concepts and encourage people to exercise critical thinking? [more inside]
posted by galaxypeachtea at 9:12 AM PST - 5 comments

Switching Cell Carriers (Non-US Edition)

Changing cell phone providers in the US is clunky and manual. I've just learned that most countries handle it better (no surprise!) I'd like to hear more about folks' experiences with this outside of the US. [more inside]
posted by SpiffyRob at 8:29 AM PST - 7 comments

Dear Susan - Under Neat That - We will Miss you

I just got bought a book based on the "cake-wrecks" blog - it has brought me so much joy. If I like smbc/xkcd/cakewrecks - what other books would fulfill that niche (that I can just pop them open and laugh) - and that are possibly also based on an internet-project with some backstory (but that's not a necessary boundary condition).
posted by mathiu at 8:17 AM PST - 31 comments

Help me realize my campy T-shirt dreams

Three years ago, while on vacation in Japan, an acquaintance took a snap of this "Wonder Woman" T-shirt in a random clothing shop. Despite my impassioned pleas, he didn't pick it up, and I've been desperate to find it ever since. Help?
posted by mykescipark at 7:39 AM PST - 8 comments

Can you translate the Chinese text on this poster to English?

Online auto translators are failing to translate what I believe is Chinese text from this poster. Anyone want to give it a shot?
posted by gwint at 7:37 AM PST - 1 comment

Where to go in the northeast for a weekend reunion?

I'm looking for a town for a weekend reunion of 10-11 people, in the northeast, that's relatively easily accessible. I'd like recommendations for a specific town, rather than a region. [more inside]
posted by john_snow at 7:33 AM PST - 18 comments

looking for a way to play songs on a stereo from external hard drive?

Like many of you, I have my entire CD collection ripped to my PC, along with other music I've acquired through iTunes or Amazon MP3. Of course, this is much more music than will fit on a single iPhone/iPod or other media player. But, it can fit on a MyPassport external hard drive! Now, how can I play that music from my stereo? What I'm looking for is either a device or stereo receiver that can read MP3 files off an external USB hard drive - and isn't limited to, say, a 16GB size of the USB device. Do such devices exist? I do not want to rely on a computer/laptop needed to serve music to the stereo,
posted by citybuddha at 7:19 AM PST - 8 comments

How to help our cat grieve?

One of our 15 year old kitties died about three weeks ago. His brother is showing a lot of typical symptoms of cat-grief. But his behavior is making us bonkers. Help! [more inside]
posted by tippy at 6:37 AM PST - 21 comments

UK Tax System advice

Can anyone please explain to me how the tax system will work in my situation. My personal income tax allowance is £10,100. [more inside]
posted by charlen at 6:34 AM PST - 4 comments

Twin Peaks cocktails and nosh

We're having a Twin Peaks party and need themed food and drinks. [more inside]
posted by postcommunism at 6:17 AM PST - 8 comments

Planning my will - need ideas for trustees for a trust for a child

I'm planning my will, and I would like my beneficiary to be my child. I need to set up some kind of trust. But for life reasons - distant relatives, ex-partner, trust fee structures - I'm stumped. I need good and creative ideas, especially if you have addressed a similar situation. Thank you! [more inside]
posted by life moves pretty fast at 5:59 AM PST - 12 comments

What to do-teen pot smoking edition

Last night my 18-year old senior in high school son called--he was out with friends, was super stoned and wanted permission for his friends to drive him home in his car. They got him home and he went to bed. I've got this question because this the second time in a year and a half that this has happened, AND there are other factors. [more inside]
posted by yes I said yes I will Yes at 3:42 AM PST - 32 comments

Half-remembered anecdote about young vs old workers

Many years ago, I read an essay or memoir that included this anecdote: the author, a writer, had gotten a job at a local quarry (I think in England), and described two groups of workers, young versus old. [more inside]
posted by Mogur at 2:28 AM PST - 5 comments

April 18

Chihuahua mix with elevated ALT levels

My 12 year old chihuahua mix Maxine had high ALT levels on her last 2 rounds of bloodwork. She is asymptomatic except for a decreased appetite. Does anybody have experience with canine liver supplements? There are a lot of options out there...
posted by TheCoug at 8:03 PM PST - 2 comments

Guilt about abortion/ Fear I won't get pregnant again

My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant and it hasn't worked yet. What makes me feel especially guilty and depressed is an abortion I had two years ago. [more inside]
posted by nightdoctress at 7:41 PM PST - 18 comments

Another Question About a Half-Remembered Book

When I was a kid, I read a short story about the Jersey Devil helping an abused little girl. But I can't remember the title of the story! Help me out. [more inside]
posted by queen_mob at 7:38 PM PST - 2 comments

Help Finding Era-Appropriate House Accessories

We recently purchased a house built in the PNW in 1908 and we'd like to outfit it in era-appropriate accessories - outlet plates, light switch covers, etc. [more inside]
posted by dotgirl at 7:24 PM PST - 16 comments

Have all therapists heard of "Pure O" OCD?

After hearing it described on a podcast and doing a lot of googling, I'm 99.9% sure that I have "pure obsessional" OCD. I'm currently seeing a therapist for anxiety, and I want to tell them about the OCD too – but they're a "mental health counselor" at a low-cost clinic. Is it possible they wouldn't have heard about this OCD variant? [more inside]
posted by cookiedough at 6:56 PM PST - 7 comments

What's your favorite mobile phone travel guide?

I'm looking for travel guides for my iPhone. Something that's a combination guidebook, map, and restaurant database that is well designed for using on the go from my phone. [more inside]
posted by Nelson at 5:43 PM PST - 7 comments

Where to buy Feldenkrais mat?

I would like to purchase a Feldenkrais mat either online or in NYC in the near future. [more inside]
posted by Waiting for Pierce Inverarity at 4:58 PM PST - 2 comments

Intern or Admin Assistant for WFH Company?

I own a small consulting firm and right now would be a great time to bring an intern or junior admin staff on-board (to be clear this would be a paid internship, no exploitation, etc). I need someone to take notes on calls, keep my schedule, book my travel, be a proofreading and QA resource for the account staff, and do other defined data and admin tasks. The issue is: we have no office and our 5-person team is spread out all over the country. Any way to make this work? [more inside]
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly at 4:53 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I use my DBA name as part of an S-Corp? Does it even matter?

I have an S-Corp and filed for a DBA name that I intend to use. The DBA name does not include any mention of a corporation ("Inc"), and I'd like to show that the business is indeed incorporated. YANML, but is there a standard way to do that, like a blurb at the bottom of web pages saying "DBAName is a trade name of CorpName, Inc."? Or would that be pointless? [more inside]
posted by powpow at 3:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me improvise a vegatable dumpling recipe (i.e. figure out ratios)

I would like to make some vegetable dumplings with bok choy, shiitake mushrooms and maybe some carrot and garlic chives. I would definitely add other things for flavour (e.g. ginger, garlic etc.), but I'm not interest in other bulking-ingredients (e.g. other cabbages, tofu, etc.). I found many recipes of this basic format that I can adapt but none really make it possible (for me) to figure out the appropriate bokchoy:shiitake:carrot ratio. [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 3:40 PM PST - 13 comments

Learning a language through music, film and TV

I'm curious on how doable it is to learn a language (to basic listening/reading/speaking ability) primarily through music, and other media like film and TV. [more inside]
posted by naju at 2:13 PM PST - 19 comments

Things to do alone on your birthday

Just that - if you've had a particularly pleasurable solitary birthday, what made it so? [more inside]
posted by knownfossils at 11:50 AM PST - 58 comments

Another YNAB question

If you use You Need a Budget, a question: How do you account for buying things on the credit card that you have saved for in cash? [more inside]
posted by pipti at 11:32 AM PST - 18 comments

How many cats makes a crazy cat lady?

Is it fair/feasible to adopt my parent's cat, given my roommate's qualms and the two specific cats involved? I've read previous questions about re-homing, about the dangers of outdoor cats, etc, but am still torn and feeling terribly guilty about even considering saying no. Pictures of all involved cats inside. [more inside]
posted by buildmyworld at 11:14 AM PST - 15 comments

How Can I Cash This Class Action Settlement Check?

Yesterday I got an unexpected check in the mail. The problem is, it is a class action settlement check made out to my LLC which technically no longer exists. Can I still cash the check? [more inside]
posted by vibrotronica at 10:15 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me find a 10 day silent meditation retreat

I know of the Dhamma Dharā centers that offer 10 day silent meditation retreats, and I'm trying to find other options for similar retreats. This is surprisingly difficult to google. [more inside]
posted by spindrifter at 10:12 AM PST - 18 comments

Intermittent fasting diet is making me sleepy but unable to sleep!

I've been doing a 5:2 intermittent fasting diet and mostly it's pretty easy and is having results but on nights where I'm fasting I have a hard time sleeping. [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 9:45 AM PST - 17 comments

Another reckless bird question

A small bird is repeatedly flying into our window with reckless abandon, similar to the one described in a previous thread, and we're wondering if anyone has any new ideas. The poor bird has been at it for several days now. Details of what we have tried so far inside. [more inside]
posted by wavelette at 9:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Experiences to Have In Cologne, Germany

I am staying with friends near Lindlar until mid - June (about 30 miles east of Cologne) and am looking to have interesting experiences in the area. I plan on going to the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Ludwig Museum, and the Fragrance Museum in Cologne. More suggestions of cool things to do and places to go appreciated.
posted by goalyeehah at 8:55 AM PST - 9 comments

Analyze server logs for site visitors?

I have a self-hosted WordPress site. I have access to the server logs and can see the gzipped files going back to when the site was launched. What tool or procedure can I use to analyze these server logs? I am most interested in site visitor information. Ideally, the information would be easy to send to another party as well.
posted by jammy at 8:50 AM PST - 13 comments

How do leftist anarchists engage with current politics?

Leftist anarchists of MetaFilter, your ideas are intriguing to me, and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter. I've been a fairly conventional liberal for a long time, but the recent U.S. election has me rethinking that a little bit. I'm curious about socialist anarchism as an alternative. I know there are some MeFites who identify this way politically, so my question for you is: how do you engage with politics as it currently exists? [more inside]
posted by Ragged Richard at 8:45 AM PST - 9 comments

Where is the best place to find freelance coding help?

I need help coding a learning algorithm in R for a research project I am working on. I know that this takes coding skill that I don't currently have. Where is the best place to go online to find someone I can pay to help me with this?
posted by bove at 8:42 AM PST - 6 comments

College & Money

What are some lessons you learned the hard way about money, college and paying back your student loans? [more inside]
posted by missjenny at 7:50 AM PST - 53 comments

OK. Another Dell laser printer problem

Hello smart people. I have searched and searched the internet for a solution to no avail, but have not yet posted this to Dell tech support. I have had good luck here before, so I'd rather try you first. I have had some intermittent trouble with my Dell E525W laser printer since I installed it that has now turned into not being able to print at all. I think the best way to describe the issue(s) is with a list of what the printer did and what I tried: [more inside]
posted by Don_K at 7:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Tell me how to make good decisions

The British PM has just called a general election, so it is now Decision Making Time for millions of British people. Please direct me to resources about: 1) How to ensure you are making a good decision / as rational a decision as possible 2) Information about cognitive biases and the kind of biases which might lead people to make Bad Decision in a vote like this Thank you! [more inside]
posted by matthew.alexander at 6:44 AM PST - 4 comments

Visiting the Louvre and looking for good reading material

I will soon be visiting the Louvre and would love suggestions of some engaging books - nonfiction or fiction - about artists whose work is at the Louvre, particular works of art, artistic movements, the Louvre itself - anything, really. My goal is to make my experience more memorable and engaging. I like all types of books so all recommendations are welcome!
posted by Shebear at 6:43 AM PST - 7 comments

What can be found out from gmail headers?

For reasons, I need to send anonymous emails from a throwaway account. Assuming I use incognito mode in Chrome when using Gmail, what can the recipient find out about me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:27 AM PST - 10 comments

Does it sound like sibling rivalry?

Looking for some perspective on how to deal with my brother's partner. I will try to explain the situation as best I can but please forgive me if I am not coherent. The circumstances are this: We (me – Aunt and my mother - Grandmother) look after my three-year-old nephew every weekend and before and after school on three days per week. Myself, his grandmother (80 years old), his two uncles and his mum are the only family he has. This arrangement of childcare has been more or less forced (emotional blackmail/manipulation of my single parent sister) upon us but was just about proving to be workable, however, it leaves my mother with zero energy to do anything else in her life. I manage it by working part-time and having no other commitments. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:27 AM PST - 22 comments

How to spend the Golden Week in Japan

I'm currently studying in Japan, and my husband has to go on a business trip for the whole Golden Week (series of national holidays in late April/early May.) I don't want to spend the whole week alone at home, but I don't have a lot of money to travel around. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood at 6:11 AM PST - 8 comments

You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here.

My partner and I are thinking about asking our roommate to move out. How can we do this in the most considerate and mindful way? [more inside]
posted by chara at 5:43 AM PST - 22 comments

DIY version of this simple air plant holder?

I like this modern air plant holder, but don't want to buy it. Is there an existing piece of hardware I could repurpose to mimic it? Tillandz air plant holder by The Sill [more inside]
posted by mannermode at 5:09 AM PST - 8 comments

What are your favorite recipes for spiced iced tea?

I love iced tea, but I can't do the sugar for wonky blood sugar reasons and I'm not happy with artificial sweeteners. I would like to try adding a little spice to it, but I'm pretty dumb about spices. I make tea all the time, so the easier the recipe, the better! [more inside]
posted by backwards compatible at 5:08 AM PST - 19 comments

Bread Machine - GIVE ME YOUR SECRETS!!

I have this basic Oster 2lbs Express Bread Maker. It makes terrible bread, the worst. My yeast and flour is awesome, my technique is obviously trash. Please hope me. [more inside]
posted by jbenben at 1:33 AM PST - 18 comments

April 17

five in the stink

my husband bikes to work and back every day, and wears thermal bike gloves to keep his hands warm. They reeeeeek like the scent of 40 hockey bags, even though he washes them quite often. How can he wear gloves without being "ole stench mitts" at home and in the office?
posted by andreapandrea at 9:45 PM PST - 24 comments

What 1 product would you recommend to a pale dude with undereye circles?

I'm not a dude, but I am an incredibly lazy and picky woman who will never spend more than the time it takes to quickly shower and air dry my short hair on a morning routine, so work with me here. If a stereotypical 30something cis white guy with otherwise ok skin asked you for just one lightweight makeup product that he could buy and then apply in 30 seconds (or less, 10 seconds would be ideal) to reduce the impact of dark undereye circles in photos and in person, what would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself at 9:09 PM PST - 32 comments

A short SF story about ideal alternate universes and spit bubbles?

Please help me identify a short SF story about an agency that matched clients with an alternate universe that perfectly matched their abilities and talents. The man wanting to be matched was great at making spit bubbles. [more inside]
posted by Brody's chum at 9:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Day to day life in caves with the Taliban?

I'm trying to track down accounts by anyone that actually lived in cave systems with the Taliban (or ISIS, since apparently they've been using caves as well). I'm interested in how they managed their day-to-day lives/operations, not so much their tactics/ideology. [more inside]
posted by pelvicsorcery at 8:39 PM PST - 2 comments

A credit card that isn't evil

I am traveling to Iceland this summer, and I need a reliable credit card that is compatible with my beliefs. [more inside]
posted by toastedcheese at 7:47 PM PST - 16 comments

Help Me Ace My Library Page Interview

Hi All, After deciding to leave teaching (the only career I have ever had; straight out of college up until last June), I applied for a position as a public library page. I made it through the general online application, civil service exam, cover letter/resume submission, and I just got the call today saying HR wants to interview me in one week (I don't know yet if this is the only interview, or if there will be another one later). I really, really want this job and would love to ace the interview. Can you kind folks help? [more inside]
posted by bookworm4125 at 7:33 PM PST - 12 comments

Silence, not sheep.

I've become the lightest sleeper ever. Please help me with a white noise solution that is portable for traveling. Sleepy snowflakes to follow. [more inside]
posted by floweredfish at 7:26 PM PST - 18 comments

Fictional gardens

I recently finished Elizabeth Buchan's Consider the Lily and it reminded me of Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden. I'm looking for books in which the protagonist takes an interest in gardening and in the process grows into herself or himself. It does not have to be fiction.
posted by Constance Mirabella at 6:59 PM PST - 14 comments

Best books/resources for learning audio programming

I've been programming in Ruby (and other scripting languages) for a few years now—and hey, I've even been paid to do it for two of them. But my dream is creating music and audio related products and toys—think synthesizers, samplers, etc. I play with my OP-1 from Teenage Engineering and think "I want to make things like this." [more inside]
posted by defenestration at 6:53 PM PST - 16 comments

What are some not-to-be-missed foodie experiences in Barcelona?

I'm going to visit Barcelona next month (yay!). What are some favorite restaurants, food tours and so on that you would recommend? [more inside]
posted by storybored at 5:44 PM PST - 20 comments

Pro Running Android App Without Subscription

I'm looking for a running app for Android that does not require a monthly/yearly subscription for advanced features. [more inside]
posted by backwards guitar at 5:32 PM PST - 3 comments

His and Hers walking shoes

Another shoe recommendation question. Difficultly level: Canada. Looking for slip on shoes that look classy with dresses or skirts and can keep me walking all day on upcoming vacation. I have a fairly heavy heel strike and need some cushioning. Also looking for recs for men. Love to be able to try them on in person. [more inside]
posted by platypus of the universe at 3:59 PM PST - 4 comments

Tracking complex relationships and exporting a fancy chart

I'm struck by the cool charts made by the late Mark Lombardi. According to his biographer, he would use his skills as a reference librarian to collect boxes of index cards, then manually convert them to these conceptual charts that showed relationships. Although lots of chart/mindmap software exists, is there anything that allows you to input relationships into a database, and then spit the chart out when you're done? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 3:35 PM PST - 4 comments

Vegan Comfort Shoes

I broke my foot in January and it's still swollen. I only own a bunch of boots, and the only boot that fits over my swollen foot is a western boot that's a size too big. The heel is pretty high and that angle is bad for my foot. I've tried on a few shoes and haven't found anything that fit, even going a size up, so I thought I'd ask for recommendations for a shoes that come in a wide size. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight at 3:00 PM PST - 13 comments

My eBay account got... hacked? I think?

Should I do anything beyond changing all my passwords and security questions, and turning on 2-factor authentication everywhere available? I have some confusions. This is actually the first time this has ever happened to me despite living full-time on the internet for a couple decades. [more inside]
posted by soren_lorensen at 2:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Do diseases pass to humans from milk or meat consumption?

So I guess a virus in milk is linked to breast cancer? This has me wondering about other links between human diseases and milk or meat consumption. If you know about prions, about the link between Parkinson's Disease and milk, or about any similar topics, could you please enlighten me? I'd been trying to get myself to eat more yogurt (for the calcium and the probiotics), but now I'm thinking maybe that's the wrong direction to be taking my diet. Are there good sources that explain the latest thinking on this?
posted by slidell at 1:54 PM PST - 22 comments

Why won't my Scanner Generate hires pdfs for all the pages I'm scanning?

For professional reasons, I need to upload a bunch of large pdf documents that had been generated by a client to a government website. On my first attempt to upload them, the site rejected them because it requires all pdfs to be at least 200 dpi, and some of the pages were lower resolution than that. [more inside]
posted by LizardBreath at 1:01 PM PST - 5 comments

What are these common landscaping posts called?

Any landscapers out there that can tell me what I should be searching for when looking for posts like these that will hold a rope?: Photo1 Photo2 I've tried googling with poor results, so would appreciate finding "just the right word" for what these are called. (Bonus points for a good cheap supplier where I can buy a dozen or so.) Thank you.
posted by jimmereeno at 12:55 PM PST - 5 comments

How are you implementing OneNote & Outlook?

I'm interested in knowing how other people use Outlook & OneNote to capture and manage information. [more inside]
posted by GernBlandston at 12:19 PM PST - 5 comments

Avoiding Retaliation for Feedback on Handyman's Unprofessional Behavior

How should I handle letting a company know their handyman made me feel uncomfortable/scared? [more inside]
posted by CMcG at 12:00 PM PST - 21 comments

Help me dream up a 40th birthday getaway!

I'm turning 40 in mid-July (the date is on a Saturday) and I'd like to go out of town with my husband to celebrate. Having a bit of trouble coming up with/sorting through my options, though. Would love suggestions from the hive mind about where to go and what to do! [more inside]
posted by merriment at 11:55 AM PST - 7 comments

The now in Bilbao

I'll be in Bilbao in early June. Help me plan! [more inside]
posted by PussKillian at 11:41 AM PST - 4 comments

Come Thou Fount of Every Beaning

I've been asked to play "Come Thou Fount" on the piano in a wedding and I'm having trouble finding an arrangement that fits what the couple wants. Essentially, they want this but the author hasn't published any sheet music. I can play the melody and chords and mess around with the left hand, but I'm hoping I can find sheet music that spells out some intricate and flowing flourishes for me to practice. Has anyone played or seen a good arrangement lately? No key signature preference.
posted by michaelh at 11:25 AM PST - 4 comments

Help with a concert poster...

My wife bought me this concert poster for The Mountain Goats. I love them, and have a pretty good grip on their back catalog, but I also know that there's big chunks of it I've never heard. Does this poster reference any single song or album? [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf at 11:14 AM PST - 7 comments

iPad mini 1 in 2017

I've just been gifted a first-generation iPad mini. A cursory Google shows its no longer supported and may have problems running modern versions of apps. Is there anything cool / useful I can do with this? [more inside]
posted by ominous_paws at 10:50 AM PST - 16 comments

College Course Nicknames

The history department at my alma mater used to have a real softball of a class called "Papal Succession [Year]-[Year]". Those needing a GPA boost were often instructed to take this course. For this reason, it was colloquially known as "Popes for Dopes". Looking for similar examples!
posted by stinkfoot at 10:45 AM PST - 65 comments

Getting up to speed on Blockchain (beyond bitcoin and currencies)

I'm interested in getting up to speed on Blockchain technology and issues. I've got the gist of it from the multitudes of bitcoin-related pieces out there. But would love some recommendations on sources that start down the path of getting into the weeds of the technology and market issues. I'm most interested in developments and use cases apart from crypto-currencies. [more inside]
posted by GPF at 10:37 AM PST - 6 comments

Choosy cats choose...?

My rotten cat, Toast, has decided to become finicky in his old age. My husband and I are pulling our hair out. Halp please. [more inside]
posted by holborne at 10:34 AM PST - 32 comments

Why are American and Asian Wall Calendars Styled Differently?

Why are American calendars different in their layout from the ones that I can get in Japan? [more inside]
posted by Hanuman1960 at 10:31 AM PST - 10 comments

What homeschool program worked best for you and your child?

We are investigating homeschool programs for our 13 year old. We want some help as far as workbooks or textbooks and I definitely need help in quizzes and tests (with the answers). But at the same time, we don't want an online program where the online teacher is giving us deadlines and we also do not want them grading our child, even if it is for 30 percent of the grade. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh at 10:25 AM PST - 13 comments

Twin cities fencing company recommendations?

Need to repair / replace my wooden privacy picket fence in Saint Paul. Looking for recommendations or references from you fine folks. Thanks!
posted by jeribus at 9:59 AM PST - 3 comments

Did you read that book? Well, no...

I have a very difficult time following through on cultural recommendations from others, even when I want to. I'm sure it is related to control issues, which I am working on in therapy. In the meantime, how do I get over the hump here? [more inside]
posted by crunchy potato at 9:32 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me order my capsule wardrobe online

I hate shopping and fashion but I desperately need new work clothes. I'm a very not-feminine, Gen-x cis-woman looking for a business casual capsule wardrobe. I'd like to buy it all online. Help? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig at 8:50 AM PST - 20 comments

Seeking info re: Opioid Detox and Rehab in NY area

I'm doing some research about opioid detox and treatment for a family of my acquaintance and would like info and opinions regarding the following: [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 8:09 AM PST - 2 comments

Tater risk assessment

I've got a complicated question about whether to grow store-bought potatoes in a bag or in the garden. Dig around a little, there's more inside. [more inside]
posted by lollymccatburglar at 7:11 AM PST - 3 comments

Gift for a music director

I want to make a gift for the music director of my church. She leads 3 choirs (brass, vocal, bells) and works with many solists. Probably 45-50 people total. I am a decent amateur artist, and I'd like to make something that incorporates the signatures of all the people she works with, in mixed media (paper, paint, collage, etc.). The only problem is -- I have no idea what to make. What would you suggest?
posted by OrangeDisk at 7:09 AM PST - 6 comments

Kids these days

Help me understand the confusing world of Pokemon trading cards. Is Pokemon Sun and Moon compatible with Pokemon EX? [more inside]
posted by popcassady at 6:09 AM PST - 2 comments

Muse Headset worth having?

Having seen the EEG-esque Muse Headband mentioned on here I am really curious. How real a thing is it? Is it my best option? [more inside]
posted by Iteki at 5:05 AM PST - 5 comments

When did microphones first appear in the US entertainment industry?

When did the gramophone horns used to capture sound in 1910s/1920s US recording studios give way to something we'd recognise as an early microphone? And when did microphones first start to be used on stage at live gigs? Finally, when did microphones become routine in both these settings? [more inside]
posted by Paul Slade at 2:58 AM PST - 7 comments

Creative wedding clip to surprise my wife-to-be

We're getting married! In exactly one month! My gal loves creative surprises and I want to screen a few-minute clip at our wedding that will have her smiling, laughing, and thinking I'm the best (kidding. sort of). Problem: I don't have a good enough idea. I'm hobbyist-handy with video editing programs and not too scared to take this on. [more inside]
posted by alona at 2:45 AM PST - 9 comments

Resistance is apparently futile ‐ need a windows laptop.

Back in the 20th century I used Windows machines a lot. I even bought a few, with mixed results. I jumped ship to mac for my second ever laptop and have been happy with that. Now, for $REASONS I find I shall be returning to the windows-verse, and I need a new laptop within two weeks. [more inside]
posted by pompomtom at 2:37 AM PST - 10 comments

I want to be amazing at being let go

I'm being let go. I've looked up steps to take and have gotten started on planning. Can you help me see whether I'm missing anything and how I can best use the time I have before my last day? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:19 AM PST - 9 comments

Advice for tech careers in the Washington DC Area For Ex-Academic?

I'm a UK Computer Scientist with strong engineering skills moving to the Washington DC area who wants to transition to industry. I seek advice on what to do in order to maximize my potential income and be able to climb the corporate ladder effectively in the region. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:19 AM PST - 9 comments

What's it like to work in a music festival?

Specifically in logistics and volunteer management [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:19 AM PST - 1 comment

April 16

How to make the most of my trial separation?

I'm transitioning as a trans woman. My fiancee is rather dependent on me, and I've never been a single woman. We've agreed to a trial separation this summer vacation (we go to the same college and share an apartment). We agreed I can date others during this period. How can I make the most of this, and hopefully know more confidently if she's the one, or if we should break up? [more inside]
posted by MuppetNavy at 10:38 PM PST - 35 comments

What are those giant, ruined columns at Half Moon Bay?

I was recently down on the beach at Half Moon Bay and saw a giant, ruined structure by the cliffs. I saw a comment suggesting it might be a WWII coastal battery, but I think there are several such structures in the area, and the comment wasn't accompanied by photos.
posted by mph at 10:17 PM PST - 1 comment

Fell for phishing scam

Already cancelled my credit card. What else should I do? [more inside]
posted by foxjacket at 10:08 PM PST - 5 comments

Can I get a dog without breaking my needy cat's heart?

I adopted my cat as an adult and he's sweet, adoring, and clingy. He's very much a people cat and particularly loyal to me. I'd like to adopt a dog, and I've read about introducing a cat to a new dog and know the process, but my question is more along the lines of can I do it without causing my needy cat to be significantly less happy? [more inside]
posted by hotcoroner at 9:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Feeling a bit of crabby coming on...how to stop?

I've been feeling a little down/crabby the past day or so. How do I nip this crabbiness in the bud? [more inside]
posted by sacchan at 7:51 PM PST - 20 comments

What might increase my chances of wild flocks of parrots at my feeder?

I live in Pasadena, California home to all sorts of wild parrots. There are a lot of yellow headed amazons, but also a variety of species. I know they are unlikely to feed at bird feeders, but if there was something I could put in a bird feeder that might attract them, what would it be, and what feeder would you use? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 7:46 PM PST - 10 comments

What’s new in grassroots publicity?

I was a reporter on a weekly newspaper in the late 1990s, before e-mail was widespread. I have recently become a political activist. Building on both those roles, I will soon give a talk on “How to Work with the Media.” Can you help me bridge the gap of the last umpteen years? [more inside]
posted by maurreen at 7:09 PM PST - 2 comments

Speeding in Seattle

I got issued a $234 fine for going 26 in a 20 mph zone near a school in Seattle. I was caught by a speed camera, not pulled over by an officer. Should I contest the ticket, and if so, how? [more inside]
posted by thrungva at 6:58 PM PST - 13 comments

How to get career and life advice - fast!

My wife has a job opportunity that expects an answer within 2 weeks. There are a lot of trade-offs involved - a professional step down but possible personal benefits - and she's struggling to make the decision. (I'm 50/50 on the change and am supporting whatever she does). She's wondering if there's a a way to get outside help - is there a way to get in touch with a life coach or career-oriented therapist and get some good advice on such a short timeline? How would we find such a person? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 6:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Ideas on how to troubleshoot a ceiling-hung speaker, 30 ft in the air

Our church's main speaker was working fine one Sunday and then didn't work at all the next one. We're thinking it could be a loose connection at the speaker but we aren't sure about the best way to get up there to look. It is unfortunately right below the podium stairs and so we'd need to build up a flat surface before setting up scaffolding. [more inside]
posted by hala mass at 4:05 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me understand a kind of conflict resolution

I'm working with someone who insists that conflicts be worked out directly between parties, without being escalated to the next level. Please help me understand this. [more inside]
posted by shockpoppet at 3:36 PM PST - 20 comments

Cheaper DCA parking options?

I'm flying out of DCA on an upcoming Friday evening, returning on the following Monday evening, and looking for cheaper parking options. (It's a stretch to call the $17 you pay at the airport "economy" parking.) I'd rather not involve Metro if possible, and this is a non-holiday weekend. I've seen sites that sell discounted access to a nearby parking garages, like this one. Is this reliable, in your experience? Do you have another suggestion for me?
posted by zebra at 3:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Non conspiracy alternative media outlets

Are there any outlets you know of that can be characterized as alternative media, but that don't support conspiracy theories? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 1:07 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me describe this laptop case, so I can search for it?

I can't for the life of me find a laptop case (13.3" screen) like this (see links). I need something that I can zip all 3 sides open. Almost everything I've found unzips 1 side plus 1/3 of the 2 adjacent sides. And... the bag has to have handles. See pix: 1, 2, 3
posted by disnchntd at 12:25 PM PST - 8 comments

Please recommend your soothing and friendly TV / games / films

All of a sudden, the on-screen emotional human drama and violence and general human nastiness is really affecting me, I think real life is giving me my quota of horrid things at the moment - please can you recommend some certified non-pointy things that don't take me to the mental Bad Place? [more inside]
posted by eastboundanddown at 12:00 PM PST - 88 comments

Medicaid in Washington navigation by proxy

A close friend of mine needs help navigating Washington Apple Care and neither of us really even know where to start. [more inside]
posted by zinful at 11:43 AM PST - 5 comments

Books that shaped your viewpoint on relationships?

What books have you read that changed how you think about your relationships? [more inside]
posted by graphtheory at 11:11 AM PST - 31 comments

How do I clean the inside of my Weber gas 3 burner barbecue?

Can you please give me the best method for cleaning the inside of our Weber gas barbecue which is full of ashes and food residue. We need to clean the firepan, the flavour bars and the grill. Separately, the paint seems to be shredding, that is in teeny pieces, from inside the hood. Is there any way to treat this, and prevent it from continuing.
posted by Tziv at 11:09 AM PST - 5 comments

Freelancing and feeling burned out.

Fellow freelancers...how do you step away, step back, enjoy a little bit of life? [more inside]
posted by Caskeum at 10:51 AM PST - 10 comments

Easy, trustworthy escrow service for rental deposit?

I am subletting my apartment in Pittsburgh to a tenant for the summer. I'm asking for a security deposit, and it seems to be PA law that deposits must be put in escrow. What's the easiest way to set up an escrow account? [more inside]
posted by glass origami robot at 10:19 AM PST - 7 comments

Canadian mortgage / selling / relocation / timing question

My wife and I are trying to make some plans for the future, but I don't really understand what are the important variables to consider. Mortgage repayment timelines, building costs, and more are confusing me. [more inside]
posted by Acari at 10:08 AM PST - 5 comments

How much of a red flag are possibly illegal interview questions?

Had a first interview for a job that sounds great based on the description. During the interview I was asked "how diverse my personal life is" and "where is home?". I am really interested in the role but am not sure how concerned to be about the interview questions. The 'justification' I can think of for these questions coming up... TIA. [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant at 8:37 AM PST - 17 comments

Experiences of recovery from osteitis pubis?

Dear hivemind, I was wondering if anyone has stories to share of recovery from osteitis pubis - and bonus points for any stories of recovering from long-term injury and returning to previous activity that you may have had to give up as a result of said injury. [more inside]
posted by coffee_monster at 8:25 AM PST - 1 comment

Moving to Columbia Missouri

A friend and colleague has gotten a job at the University of Missouri and is looking for a place to live. Any advice for a woman in her mid-20s as far as neighborhoods to look for or other advice regarding moving to Columbia would be appreciated. Thanks!
posted by Floydd at 6:57 AM PST - 1 comment

France, one weekend at a time

I'm a Canadian spending three months in France, nominally working a 9-to-5 job but with some flexibility and with my weekends (and long weekends) entirely free to explore this part of the world that I'm not very familiar with. Where should I go, what should I do, and how do I convince myself to get out there when all I want to do is hang out in my apartment eating cereal? [more inside]
posted by btfreek at 6:39 AM PST - 14 comments

Remote Desktop Control of Android TV device (without TV)

I have a cheap Android 6 TV box that I wanted to use as basically a Spotify Server/Player connected directly to my HiFi on the other side of the room. There is no mouse, keyboard or monitor connected to the Android TV box. I was hoping there would be a way to run a terminal/remote desktop app over wifi from my Mac laptop in order to control the Android tv-box but can't find anything. Teamviewer and Airdroid presume you still have access to the Android box. [more inside]
posted by mary8nne at 5:32 AM PST - 5 comments

Tell me about finger tip prosthetics.

I have recently had a very silly accident with unfortunately serious consequences. I have lost the tip of my right thumb. I have lost from the base of the nail upwards-- I still have a working joint with full mobility and it seems like it will heal well with good feeling in the new tip. I am looking into prosthetics both for vanity and to lengthen the thumb for things like holding a pen, and I have some questions. [more inside]
posted by frumiousb at 1:47 AM PST - 5 comments

April 15

Best advice from an old fogy

What's the best advice you ever received from someone who you thought was really being a "stick in the mud" or an "old fogy" when they gave the advice, but later you realized - they were totally right! [more inside]
posted by Toddles at 10:21 PM PST - 54 comments

The feudal system as metaphor

Can you think of any examples of feudal systems being used as a metaphor, a motif or as a way of understanding other relationships? Especially examples from the medieval and early modern periods. A few examples I can think of are chess pieces; "an Englishman's home is his castle"; the Confucian idea of the man being the sovereign of his household. But I feel like there must be more, since the notion of king/noble/serf is deeply ingrained in our culture...?
posted by dontjumplarry at 9:34 PM PST - 10 comments

Can ransomware spread through Flash object?

I have been heard what people talking about the Ransomware. Like 'you can get ransomware by just visiting a website', 'you can get infected by just watching flash movie(.swf)' or you can get infected by all kind of stupid reason. Today I finally deiced to move my heavy ass and search it for myself. and What I found was ransomware just has same infection routine as other virus. by plane executive. Is this true? if it is true, that mean loading flash object is completely irrelevant from virus.
posted by Smilehoho at 9:33 PM PST - 11 comments

Older Dog, Bigger Crate?

My 10-pound dog is getting older (he's now between 10-12, best estimate) and I've noticed that he likes to stretch out to snooze on the couch during the day. He sleeps in a crate at night, so is this an indication that I should get him a bigger create so he can stretch out? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque at 7:31 PM PST - 10 comments

Where can I find this amazing jacket?

In episode four of season nine of RuPaul's Drag Race, judge Ross Mathews is wearing a very handsome black jacket with a gold pattern. Where can I find a jacket like this?
posted by Transmissions From Vrillon at 7:31 PM PST - 2 comments

How to get unstuck.

My wife "shuts down" when she has strong feelings and then she says mean things. We are trapped in a bad cycle. [more inside]
posted by unstrungharp at 6:04 PM PST - 48 comments

Gifting the most thoughtful memento thing for a 500 mile hike to inlaws

Help me brainstorm a thoughtful memento to gift my inlaws when they leave for the 500-mile Camino trail they are hiking in Spain for the next 6 weeks [more inside]
posted by timpanogos at 6:03 PM PST - 8 comments

What's wrong with my burning bush?

I planted a burning bush about three years ago, and except for one branch, I don't think it has grown at all. The one branch is about four feet long. The rest of it is maybe a foot tall. From a distance the branches look dead, but up close, it does have very tiny green leaves on it. Even the branch that has grown looks mostly dead and has just a few tiny leaves on the end. [more inside]
posted by FencingGal at 4:53 PM PST - 2 comments

Oh, that's just O'Keeffe's Red Canna

It's time for me to re up my decor, and I'd like to put up some surreptitiously dirty art. [more inside]
posted by fluttering hellfire at 4:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Very specific question about University tuition in the 1990s

Can anyone tell me what the in-state tuition would have been for University of Michigan in the mid-1990s? Or do you know how I might find out? I went to a public university in the late 80s (UC Berkeley) and it was dirt cheap. Wondering if U of M was similar. This is for a piece of fiction I'm writing.
posted by swheatie at 3:47 PM PST - 16 comments

Can you identify this military equipment?

My late father fought in the Korean war and, among his personal photos, I found this one. It's apparently some sort of non-weapon trailer but, other than that, I have no idea. I know his unit spent some time in Japan and I believe that is Mount Fuji in the background. Many thanks.
posted by LastOfHisKind at 2:36 PM PST - 4 comments

How to fix an outdoor fountain -- or time to give up?

This is a fountain in a covered (but basically outdoors) area in my yard. The photos show the pump and the place where the water is supposed to come out of the tube in the friendly demon (?)'s mouth. It only works sometimes. Can I make it work all the time with minimal ongoing effort, or should I give up and just accept this thing as a decorative non-water feature? I know nothing about fountains. [more inside]
posted by hansbrough at 2:26 PM PST - 14 comments

Selling my collection of foreign (non-US) currency

I used to actively collect foreign currency (coins and banknotes), at least half of which are no longer in circulation. I now want to sell the collection - either in bulk or small lots/individually. While I realize my collection probably isn't worth much, I'd like to know what I can do to earn the most profit from its sale. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings at 12:58 PM PST - 3 comments

early-stage dating communication

Is this early-dating/flirting behavior a red flag? If not, how do I keep from getting anxious? [more inside]
posted by bearette at 12:25 PM PST - 34 comments

Weekday Washington DC holiday advice

I'm looking to spend a week in Washington DC with my wife hitting up the museums,sights and food. We don't drive so we need advice on where to stay with suitable public transit options. We are not poor but we aren't loaded either so we are looking for midrange accomodations rather than budget busting DC core hotels. [more inside]
posted by srboisvert at 12:21 PM PST - 16 comments

I need to get psychological help but I'm afraid of not having job

I have come to the realization that I experienced a traumatic childhood, and the patterns of learned behaviors I used then are the ones that are wrecking havoc on my life now. I am young, educated, and bright (on the outside), but my life, health, relationships, work are spiraling to a low. I am afraid to lose my job and health insurance, but my anxiety and severe stress issues are getting in the way if not addressed! I need practical advice about what resources are available for treatment, what my rights are as an employee, what are my options if unemployed. Or maybe just a slap on the face. [more inside]
posted by lacedcoffee at 11:38 AM PST - 35 comments

Outside of shearling slippers rough after washing

I handwashed these slippers using Woolite. Now that they've dried, the suede outer surface is not as soft as it used to be -- it feels a bit rough the way dry/chapped skin does. Is this normal, did I make a mistake, and can I treat them with something or do anything to get them back to their original feel?
posted by duoshao at 11:33 AM PST - 7 comments

Left my husband, dumped by my affair partner, how to carry on?

I’m back for more advice, after you helped me last time. So I did it, I moved out, I left my husband. But now I’m really struggling with living on my own and the aftermath of my affair. [more inside]
posted by Concertion at 8:56 AM PST - 18 comments

What kind of doctor should I see?

What kind of doc should I see for this issue? I have a lump on my back, on my shoulderblade. [more inside]
posted by WowLookStars at 8:55 AM PST - 12 comments

Birthday Gift Suggestions, Amazing Feminist Nerd Lady Edition

A dear friend and roommate of many years is about to have a milestone birthday. She's had a rough year, so I'd like to make this gift something truly awesome and delightful for her. Unfortunately, I'm feeling stuck. [more inside]
posted by prewar lemonade at 8:35 AM PST - 8 comments

Celebrating baseball?

I want to make the start of baseball season a 'holiday' for my son and celebrate it every year like a real holiday. I'd love some ideas for what 'traditions' this fake holiday should have. [more inside]
posted by ficbot at 8:32 AM PST - 11 comments

What to play after Zelda: Breath of the Wild?

I love Zelda games. I LOVED Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and I’m now hunting around for my next game to play. But I'm so picky! Help me out — some more details inside. [more inside]
posted by crazy with stars at 8:30 AM PST - 11 comments

Parking in New York City on Friday, April 21

I am traveling to NYC for the first time in 20 years. We are driving from Washington, DC. I am not able to take any public transportation, Uber, or Lyft. We will be walking the city to see some sights. Central Park, Empire State Building, Times Square, and Ground Zero. Where is a good central area to park? What does parking for 12+ hours cost in NYC?
posted by Coffee Bean at 8:16 AM PST - 12 comments

Should I cut this root in the path of french drain?

Hit a snag when digging my french drain trench-- pair of roots 31 inches from a trunk 23 inches in diameter. Should I or cut them? [more inside]
posted by Mikey51 at 6:16 AM PST - 9 comments

Deciduous hoof capsules on other ungulates?

Thanks to mefi, I know the horror that is baby foal feet. But according to giraffe cam, baby giraffes do not have the hoof capsules. Why not? Do any other ungulates have them?
posted by jeather at 5:36 AM PST - 10 comments

Stay or Go

Got a job offer. It is perfect except for one detail and I need help figuring out if it's a deal breaker for my situation. [more inside]
posted by Aranquis at 5:30 AM PST - 17 comments

What to do in Norway

I am going on my first real vacation in years and am flying into Oslo for a week in June. What should I do there? I'm open to things in Oslo, in Norway, and in surrounding countries​. [more inside]
posted by sockermom at 4:44 AM PST - 17 comments

Friend of friend spilled some beans. Do I act or wait?

A friend of a friend of a friend inadvertently let me know that our friends-in-common are getting a divorce. It was completely by accident and she was mortified. I feel so bad for my friend who is going through this. Do I tell her that I know, and see if I can do anything for her? Halp. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:02 AM PST - 11 comments

April 14

Got rear-ended. Can I get my deductible back?

Several months ago, I was in a three-car accident. Driver A hit Driver B, and then Driver B rear ended me as a result. No one was hurt, but my car was dinged up a bit. My claim was resolved and though my insurance company paid for the repairs minus my deductible, they were unable to get my deductible back from the other drivers' insurance companies via subrogation. Is there anything further I can do? [more inside]
posted by emily37 at 11:23 PM PST - 2 comments

Looking for a father arranging first Star Wars viewing for his children

A moderate number of years ago, I read a piece by a father who wanted the first viewing of Star Wars (I think the first six movies) to be as good as possible for his children. I think he had two sons. He put a lot of thought into choosing the order of the movies and protected his children from spoilers. And then, of course, he blogged about their reactions. Can anyone find this? Searching on [star wars father] doesn't exactly work.
posted by Nancy Lebovitz at 11:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Blueberry pie puzzlement

I’ve never made a blueberry pie from scratch. I’ve made other sweet and savoury pies and not had an issue, but I’ve been asked to make a blueberry pie for someone and after perusing some recipes, I’m considering pre-cooking the filling to avoid blueberry soup. Tell me why this is a bad idea. [more inside]
posted by BeeJiddy at 10:47 PM PST - 13 comments

Easiest/cheapest way to move furniture in Toronto (no driver's license)?

As someone with (a) no driver's license, (b) on a budget, and (c) who wants to buy furniture off of Craigslist, I have very limited options in terms of moving the stuff back to my place. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by omar.a at 8:35 PM PST - 3 comments

Examples of verb tenses

I am familiar with the present, past, and future tenses, and various perfect versions of the same. What are some obscure, unusual, situational and possibly fictional verb tenses? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:40 PM PST - 18 comments

How do I target the right consumer for high-end furniture?

I'm selling a specific kind of high-end furniture, in the range of $10,000-$20,000. Not from a showroom, direct-to-consumer. Where do I place ads to reach the right consumer, and what else should I consider in my messaging? Right now, we are taking a social media approach, so I'd also love to hear of any high-end social media profiles anyone here tends to follow. Lastly, please do mention any magazines I should consider. Thanks in advance!
posted by andrewsa at 7:11 PM PST - 20 comments

Are there any well-known actors who have worked exclusively in drama?

This evening the missus was watching a DVD of a mid-seventies episode of Columbo and the twenty-year-old of the house chortled to see Leslie Neilsen in a dramatic role. I told the youngster that Neilsen had been a stern dramatic actor for the first half of his career (which gave him gravitas that served him well in his circa-Airplane! shift to comedy) and began to compare him with.... well, who? I tried and, I think, failed to come up with any major performer today who has steered clear of comedy entirely. Is there anyone? [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit at 7:05 PM PST - 42 comments

I want to buy a sofa.

Because of my allergies, the beau and I bought a leather sofa four years ago. Unfortunately, we didn't know any better, and we mistakenly bought a bonded leather sofa. Now, it's shredding, peeling, and generally looks hideous. We are not hard on our furniture, accidentally buying a crappy leather sofa has made us both sad. [more inside]
posted by PearlRose at 6:23 PM PST - 3 comments

Tipping Business Owners

Great meal at a Mom and Pop Italian restaurant tonight. When I say "Mom and Pop," I mean she cooks and he serves. That is it for staff. Typically we are tipping for excellent service which the server directly benefits. Mrs. Ashtray Elvis points out the person who sets the price and profit margin has more to gain. Is tipping necessary and if you said yes how do you calculate the amount?
posted by ashtray elvis at 6:03 PM PST - 24 comments

Popular culture recommendations for the time of Trump

I am utterly failing to find popular culture that works for me in the time of Trump, and I would love recommendations. Dark is baseline. Darkly funny would help. Good themes might include grit, determination, resilience, overcoming bad odds, long slogs to better. Note though that I'm looking for escapism, not stuff that is too on the nose -- and so, I probably don't want documentaries, or anything that's literally about Trump or Nazis or the Stasi. [more inside]
posted by Susan PG at 4:55 PM PST - 29 comments

Is "philosemitism" really just a form of antisemitism?

And if so, can I avoid it while still engaging with Jewish culture? [more inside]
posted by Perodicticus potto at 3:18 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me become a nicer person

I'm extremely standoffish and I have a hard time getting along with others. I often find that many people dislike me initially after meeting me. I miss a lot of social cues. I'm starting to feel frustrated and shut down completely on meeting new people. [more inside]
posted by sheepishchiffon at 2:23 PM PST - 32 comments

In need of a book to be obsessed with

It's another book recommendation question! MeFi, I need a book that is completely engrossing; something to fall in love with, something I can't put down, something that makes my heart feel like it's expanding not un-painfully. Notable reads that scratched this itch for me in the past include The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, The Black Jewels Trilogy (Anne Bishop), Freedom (Franzen) and The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Help! [more inside]
posted by sevensnowflakes at 1:47 PM PST - 64 comments

Help me get this little thing 3D printed, please

I'm having problems finding some little plastic end-caps for some 30-year old Velux skylight mini-blinds I have. I want to find someone who can 3D print them for me. Details within. [more inside]
posted by Right On Red at 1:41 PM PST - 8 comments

Recommendation for good book for public readout (Banned Books Week)?

I'm interested in planning a public read-out during Banned (and Challenged) Books Week, September 24-30, 2017 at my public university. Just recently, the library at the University of Virginia did a read-out of 1984, next to a traveling exhibit of panels from the Berlin Wall. I cannot hope to match that in terms of coolness, however, I would like to have a similar public reading at my library on campus. [more inside]
posted by crepeMyrtle at 1:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Best route from Phoenix, AZ to Richland, WA through Nevada?

My family and I will be driving back to Richland, WA from Phoenix, AZ next week and we are thinking to drive through Nevada. While we don't want to add too much time to our trip, we'd be happy to take a few detours to see some sights along the way. Any thoughts on what the best/most scenic route to take is? Thanks!
posted by Aanidaani at 1:01 PM PST - 3 comments

Lower-cost therapy options in DC

Does anyone know of any lower-cost psychotherapy options in DC? Or any good therapists in the area who accept any form of insurance? [more inside]
posted by armadillo1224 at 12:43 PM PST - 3 comments

Tip Theft?

My sister recently started working for a franchise of a national US quick-service chain. They have a tip jar on the counter and credit card receipts have a tip line, but none of the employees get tips paid out - management says that instead they get one free meal per shift. I asked where the tips go and she said she thinks it's to the store owner. This seems immoral to me, if not illegal. What would you do? [more inside]
posted by galvanized unicorn at 12:31 PM PST - 15 comments

Tasty drinks with no alcohol, citrus, mint, caffeine, carbonation

I'd like some ideas for festive drinks that I can bring to a potluck (ie will appeal to a diverse group) and won't exacerbate my acid reflux. I am supposed to avoid alcohol, citrus, mint, acidic fruits, carbonation, chocolate, anything high in fat, hot spice/chili, vinegar, rooibos, and caffeine. I've been told to avoid even decaf drinks as they still have some caffeine. There were a couple of ok things in this thread but most of the suggestions had citrus or mint or other things I am not supposed to have. I am tired of plain non-acidic juice and don't want anything overly sweet. Thank you for helping me get out of the mulled apple juice rut!! [more inside]
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 12:25 PM PST - 33 comments

Well-meaning friend gives Easter flowers that poisoned our cat.

The cat is fine now, after a few days in the cat ER, thankfully! But this was a very expensive hospital stay and we are wondering if the giver of flowers should try to help offset the cost of the vet bill. What is the etiquette here? [more inside]
posted by crunchy_cereals at 10:14 AM PST - 57 comments

Do I really need to take this t-shirt to the dry cleaner's?

I bought this t-shirt last year. Washing it on the same setting as all my other t-shirts completely destroyed it. Why? I bought another one. Will it survive the wool cycle? [more inside]
posted by snownoid at 10:12 AM PST - 12 comments

Birthday dinner for two in LA area?

My partner and I will be in LA for a wedding the week before her birthday and I'd love to take her out to celebrate. Can you suggest a good spot? Preferences inside... [more inside]
posted by AutoPilot83 at 10:04 AM PST - 10 comments

Maybe I just need bigger fingers

I own two rings that are too big. I'd like to resize them at home, preferably by finding some substance that I can apply to the band that 1) won't come off when I wash my hands or take the rings off, 2) isn't really obvious, 3) doesn't cost too much (<$10, ideally), and 4) isn't uncomfortable. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote at 9:32 AM PST - 15 comments

Temporarily add a google account to my phone.

I have an Android phone and my work uses google for all our stuff. I would like to *temporarily* and *completely reversibly* add my work email/calendar/hangouts to my phone. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 9:19 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I buy a log to split myself?

I would like to buy a log, maybe two, so I can cut it, split it, and season it over the coming summer and have reasonably dry wood come this winter. But I have no idea how to find someone who will sell me a log - or even if there is such a person. General advice would be appreciated, and specific advice for the Duluth-Superior area would be amazing.
posted by dbx at 8:18 AM PST - 18 comments

Help me get into a better frame of mind for a new baby with big age gap

I have an elementary-aged child from a previous marriage. My new husband is eager for us to have more kids. I am on board, but I am nervous. Help me get into a better emotional state about this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:16 AM PST - 16 comments

Finding a general practice doctor with mental health experience

I'm happy with my psychiatrist, but I need to find a GP that has a better than average grasp on mental health issues, possible medication interactions, etc. How can I find a general or family practice doctor with adult mental health experience, particularly anxiety and depression? So far search results are cluttered with specialists. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:15 AM PST - 3 comments

How to Gracefully Admit When You F***** UP

New mom, new job and overwhelmed. Making lots of small mistakes and feel like a big one is coming. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:15 AM PST - 6 comments

Professional Etiquette-filter: I got a better offer -- so now what?

Been working at a place for a minute, and now another place wants me. How do I do this gracefully? Details under the fold. [more inside]
posted by otenba at 7:56 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I hot yoga?

I’m new to yoga in general, and I’m a sweaty mofo in regular unheated exercise. Can you help me find the right equipment to get through a hot(ish) yoga(ish) class? [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 5:54 AM PST - 3 comments

I really hate talking on the phone

My job involves talking on the phone to people once or twice and then after that mostly communicating with them through email or messages. I really hate talking on the phone and I'm finding it hard to to follow through with these first couple of phone calls. [more inside]
posted by katinka-katinka at 12:56 AM PST - 22 comments

What is the best ecommerce platform for a handmade jewelry shop?

I have an Etsy shop selling handmade jewelry/accessories (mostly OOAK) but I wish to have my own website as a backup. I like Shopify but the pricing is beyond my budget. Is there a better alternative? [more inside]
posted by whitelotus at 12:36 AM PST - 8 comments

Cat with vestibular? Brain cancer?

My 11 year old cat has been very sick for a month and we’ve got no conclusive answers after an MRI, spinal tap, urinalysis, bloodwork, and X-ray. His symptoms are ataxia and dizziness. He’s still eating, using his litterbox, alert, talkative, no vomiting. [more inside]
posted by knuspermanatee at 12:22 AM PST - 3 comments

April 13

What's the deal with pink?

I see a lot of people getting upset over pink, that pink is bad, that enlightened parents shouldn't dress their daughters in pink, etc. If pink weren't associated with feminity, it wouldn't be problematic, right? I guess pink isn't the problem, it's whatever is associated with feminity that is the problem. My feeling is that by wanting to forbid our girls to choose pink and princesse-y things we are playing by the patriarchal rules, once again, while thinking doing the good, feminist thing. [more inside]
posted by Ifite at 11:43 PM PST - 47 comments

public participation rules for cities

The city council of our small city (7000) has recently assigned the deeply-distrusted-but-powerful city manager to come up with rules for public participation in city decisions. This request follows an annual meeting of the Virginia Municipal League (VML), at which newly elected officials go through an orientation process. [more inside]
posted by mmiddle at 5:34 PM PST - 7 comments

What could I do with my own company/shell company?

I've read various articles and news pieces about people who've started/bought a shell company and used it to do various things like own property without it being trackable back to them or buy things they couldn't otherwise buy. What could you do with your own shell company that you might not otherwise be able to do?
posted by Socinus at 4:03 PM PST - 14 comments

Good Books about Baltimore's Labor History?

Hey folks, so I have a simple request--I'm looking for decent books/articles/resources for learning more about the labor movement in Baltimore, MD. I moved here last year from Minneapolis, and while there's a lot of good books about labor in Minnesota, I haven't really seen anything about the history of the labor movement in Baltimore or Maryland. I'm hoping some folks might be able to help me learn more.
posted by Subcommandante Cheese at 3:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Other than AskMe, How Do People Find Their Spot?

I am looking for articles, services, commonly used search terms etc. [more inside]
posted by Michele in California at 2:55 PM PST - 19 comments

I want you to want me.

I can't believe I'm asking this, but, I need guidance on my OKC profile, and I'm not super keen on sharing it with people in "real" life. For some reason, I'd much rather ask strangers on the internet instead. Halp me mefites, you're my only hope! Link inside. [more inside]
posted by firei at 1:37 PM PST - 38 comments

Keep Calm and Ask the Green: Other People's Surgery Edition

My husband's having (not horrible) surgery a week from tomorrow. As of about midnight last night, my anxiety spiked through the roof. How do I relax and focus and get through the next week? [more inside]
posted by okayokayigive at 12:03 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me be an awesome manager!

Last last year I accepted my Dream JobTM. I've been here for about four months now and absolutely love it. This is my first time supervising people, and while I think I'm doing a good job, I'd love to do an amazing job at it. [more inside]
posted by schroedingersgirl at 11:57 AM PST - 18 comments

New Landlord Making me Re-Pay Pet Deposit I Already Paid to Old Landlord

I'm in Texas. My current landlord, who is pretty cool otherwise (but also: new to being a landlord), bought the house from my old landlord. I had an agreement in my old lease for a cat, and I paid a deposit for that as well as my rent, etc. Now my old lease is up. New landlord wants me to sign new lease, same rent, etc. but he wants his own pet deposit..because old landlord didn't include that in the sale? Or something. No idea how that stuff works. Anyway he says he didn't get it from them. In my opinion, new landlord should go to old landlord for that money--I already paid it! My new landlord just wants me to cough up for a cat that's already been here 1.5 years and done no damage. And when I protested told me he's already cutting me a deal on the rent. In other words, suddenly he wants to be hardass. What is a good approach here? I can just cough up but I resent the hell out of it and would probably make this the last year of our lease because fuck this guy. On the other hand, maybe I'm missing something here. Is this a thing I should just expect to happen?
posted by emjaybee at 11:47 AM PST - 18 comments

Hotel recommendations on Monterey Bay

Simple travel query: looking for recommendations for a nice coastal hotel somewhere on Monterey Bay. [more inside]
posted by spitbull at 11:21 AM PST - 9 comments

Why does my Mac Pro lose internet (while iTunes still streams)?

Mac help needed: A few times a day, my Mac Pro loses internet access - here's what Network Status looks like - and Web browsing is impossible. Strangely, any stream I have running on iTunes continues to play, with no interruption, until the connection is fully restored about 5 minutes later. But the plot thickens... [more inside]
posted by mark7570 at 10:24 AM PST - 8 comments

"Inhale, notice your breathing and... erm....."

Where can I find well-written guided meditation scripts? [more inside]
posted by Crookshanks_Meow at 10:12 AM PST - 3 comments

How to proceed with a drunk driving accident

YANML. But i need advice. I was hit by a drunk driver and I'm not sure how to proceed, legally. [more inside]
posted by archimago at 10:07 AM PST - 18 comments

Is there a legal reason why the DNC doesn't push local Dem campaigns?

Question is basically in the title. I know that Democrats around the country, especially in solid blue states, would love to make calls and donations for local candidates. I feel like with proper planning, that approach could have pushed the recent Kansas special election over the line for Jim Thompson. I'm on the DNC's mailing list and did not hear a peep about KS-04. Is the party just being stupid and obstinate in not promoting state-level elections or is there a legitimate, tax-based, legal reason they don't and can't do this? [more inside]
posted by capricorn at 9:36 AM PST - 5 comments

Communication device for someone with ALS

I'm a social worker with a client with ALS. (I'm posting without connection to my profile and am using gender neutral pronouns just to throw some extra layers of anonymity on this puppy just to err on the side of ethical-ness.) My client is able to talk right now but knows they soon won't be able to, and they're concerned about being able to communicate. At their request, I'm looking to help them out with solutions if possible but ALS is outside my previous work experience. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:25 AM PST - 8 comments

SURPRISE! You have a brother that is 39 years old.

A woman from my father's past recently contacted my father to inform him that he is the father of her 39 year old son. She also informed my dad that her son has known for about 7 years, and just recently expressed interest in contacting my dad to meet him. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:24 AM PST - 16 comments

Trademarked Terms in Book Titles

Am I allowed to publish a book with a trademarked term in the title? How about the non-trademarked title of another work? [more inside]
posted by Prunesquallor at 9:17 AM PST - 9 comments

Is there a site that collects Trump's most blatant contradictions?

I know that politifact has a "pants on fire" collection and that there are seemingly endless lists of Trump's lies, but is there a place where only his most black-and-white, can't-be-disputed self-contractions are chronicled? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket at 9:16 AM PST - 5 comments

Where can order good-quality "Japanese paper" for book repair online?

I'm attempting to repair a book, and I have everything I need except "Japanese paper." I've never done this before, so specific recommendations of a vendor and item would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by cosmic.osmo at 8:51 AM PST - 8 comments

Do I end a quote like this with a period or an ellipsis?

Say, for instance, this was the original sentence in whatever source: John Doe went to the bookstore and bought some books. If the sentence I want to write is That’s when, as Blah Blah author wrote, “John Doe went to the bookstore”, would I finish my sentence with bookstore.” or bookstore…”, since in the original sentence the word “bookstore” isn’t followed by a period?
posted by 8LeggedFriend at 8:29 AM PST - 11 comments

Bruce Lee's Batwings

In this image of Bruce Lee, can you tell me what the circled portions are, between his arm and torso? They look like the membrane of batwings; I'm assuming it's a muscle group, but I frankly don't understand what I'm looking at.
posted by WCityMike at 8:25 AM PST - 4 comments

Help LGBTQ+ in Chechnya

I saw a link to a resource on the blue for those fleeing oppression in Chechnya, somewhere I could send money to help in a concrete way. If I see another petition my head is going to implode. [more inside]
posted by lizifer at 7:19 AM PST - 2 comments

Anyone have experience with social security's Ticket to Work program?

I'm on social security disability and looking to get back into the working world after a few years without employment. I currently live in New York. I was wondering, does anyone have any personal experience with social security's Ticket to Work program? Was it helpful for you? Thanks in advance.
posted by Gosha_Dog at 6:58 AM PST - 1 comment

Gypsy/ Sinti&Roma culture

I just read "up in the old Hotel" by Joseph Mitchell and I found the two features in it about gypsies in the New York of the 30's very interesting. Do you know of any more works of fiction or non-fiction that feature this culture in a somewhat central way? I don't care if it's romanticized, realistic, fantasy, blog or whatever. Maybe not about Nazi persecution. Off the top of my head I can recall three instances I found interesting: [more inside]
posted by SweetLiesOfBokonon at 4:53 AM PST - 13 comments

Living abroad alone.....experiences?

I am considering living abroad, not sure where yet, for an extended period. [more inside]
posted by haikuku at 4:44 AM PST - 14 comments

How to sleep with noisy upstairs neighbors and traffic noise

I just moved into a new apartment and have struggled to sleep for about two weeks now. [more inside]
posted by summertimesadness1988 at 12:59 AM PST - 30 comments

How are days in a notice to vacate counted? Does the notice day count?

Does an N-day notice to move out include the day that notice is given in US/California/LA? Specifically, if I was given 45 day notice on March 1st, is the last day I'm entitled to occupy the space (a) April 14th or (b) April 15th? [more inside]
posted by wildblueyonder at 12:51 AM PST - 4 comments

Fastest way to transfer files between two external hard drives?

I need to design a fast and cost effective storage solution for an on location video project. The video camera uses 2TB 2.5" SSDs, which hold about two hours of footage per drive. At the end of a day of shooting we typically have two of these 2TB drives to offload onto external storage. For data safety purposes, the external storage should be a RAID. [more inside]
posted by BeaverTerror at 12:20 AM PST - 8 comments

April 12

What are today's standards around casual sex?

Oftentimes casual sex metamorphoses into something more delicate, subtle and lasting. More of the time, it doesn't. What are the current etiquette standards surrounding everyone being sure what they are doing is aboveboard and fun? [more inside]
posted by benadryl at 11:41 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I encourage a possibly narcissistic parent to get help?

I'm trying to figure out if my mother should be classified as a narcissist, and if she can, what I can do about it. I live on the other side of the country from her, but I still want a relationship with her and with my father (who has always acted fairly normally and also suspects that something might be really wrong). Would therapy help her? How on earth do I bring this up in a way that she won't completely shrug off and get upset at? [more inside]
posted by leafmealone at 10:10 PM PST - 16 comments

I can't stop worrying and I don't love the bomb

I'm a new mom living in LA, and recent events have made me terrified of nuclear war with North Korea. What can I do to feel less worried and more prepared? [more inside]
posted by MsMartian at 9:31 PM PST - 25 comments

Missing cat + smell of something dead nearby. How do I....you know?

My most precious, beloved Lucy has been missing for a week. This is entirely, completely out of character for her. While I was out searching last night, I noticed the distinct smell of death coming from a neighbor's property a block away. Odds are, it's almost certainly just a squirrel or something. But I have to know. How do I go about...that? [more inside]
posted by storminator7 at 9:29 PM PST - 19 comments

What type of stain should be use for house exterior cedar?

We have cedar features on our duplex. Our neighbors and I have found a company to refinish it, but need to decide on the finish. It was previously treated--I presume with a stain. I'm thinking translucent or semi-transparent stain is best but I am not sure. [more inside]
posted by NailsTheCat at 8:12 PM PST - 6 comments

19th century Asian-American scientists?

Were there well-known Asian American professionals - doctors, engineers, lawyers, particularly scientists - in the 19th century? I'm seeing a lot of historical sources about Asian American immigrants who were blue collar workers and the like, but how about scientists? Any specifically important/groundbreaking ones in particular?
posted by lewedswiver at 7:40 PM PST - 3 comments

The "ne plus ultra" of student-led learning

I'll be finishing my Master's in math education this semester, which means a lot of lesson plans being written and evaluated by my professor. Some recent comments of his have made me want to find better examples of "student-led instruction". [more inside]
posted by The Pluto Gangsta at 7:12 PM PST - 6 comments

Holiday pay after old contract and before new one (Ontario)?

I am in Ontario, Canada. My employer gives us Good Friday and Easter Monday off. My old contract ends on Good Friday and my new contract begins on Tuesday (the day after Easter Monday). Does this mean that technically I am not employed on Easter Monday and not entitled to be paid for that day?
posted by stchrysostom at 7:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Any advice on a NYC protest against Trump on his 100th day?

When would be the best time to do a protest at Trump Tower about Trump's first 100 days as President? Any other ideas about making this protest effective? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 6:46 PM PST - 5 comments

What do I do with this short Sci-fi story?

I'm polishing up a short story that I started about a year ago for the purpose of submitting to the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future competition. Is that a good idea? Or should I do something else with it? [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 6:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Auto shop sold my car when it was "abandoned" there. What can I do?

When it came time for me to move from the US to Mexico, one task I couldn't quite get finished in time was getting my car fixed up & sold. I left it in a friend's driveway and attempted to manage handling it all from abroad - in the midst of learning a new language, culture, city, job, etc. Let's just say that I fared poorly. I had it towed to a shop, where they made some repairs and informed me that many more things needed to be done, including work needed at 2 other shops. I sat on the decision of how to proceed thru the complexity from abroad, and they began charging me storage fees while they waited for my reply. I'm not proud to say that I didn't get back to them for MONTHS. And when I did...it turned out that they had sold the car. What can I do now? [more inside]
posted by red_rabbit at 5:57 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I tell my boss that I'm going to grad school this fall?

So, I got into grad school (hooray!), but now I need to tell my boss that. I'd like to still work at my job part-time (which should be doable), but I just can't figure out the best way to present this. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise at 4:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Should I do AncestryDNA?

I ordered my kit, but now I'm getting cold feet about sending my DNA out into the ether forever. Is this a good idea? What are the risks? I feel that the likelihood of misuse is low, but I still feel kind of vulnerable. I appreciate your insights.
posted by delight at 4:40 PM PST - 15 comments

Should I eat this smoked salmon lox

Sealed Kirkland smoked salmon (cold smoked, similar to lox?). Past it's best by date, looks and smells fine (yeah I know that's not proof for it being edible). It has a best before date that's hard to read, could be 2010 (doubtful) 2013 (possible, unlikely) or 2017. I don't see an eat by date. Again, it's not opened. Has been in the refrigerator cold consistently. More importantly I need this for dinner. :D What say you?
posted by Rufous-headed Towhee heehee at 3:41 PM PST - 12 comments

Sex with a new partner - how do I communicate and improve it?

I just started dating someone new and the sex has been a little awkward and "off," I know that this is normal for a new relationship, but I want to know how to improve the experience for both of us Details inside [more inside]
posted by kbbbo at 3:22 PM PST - 11 comments

Has anyone seen this painting before?

My friend's (now deceased) mother would sometimes paint images inspired by well-known paintings. Sometimes she would tweak the underlying image or paint them in a different style - but always enough to be recognizable. My friend has been trying to find the underlying inspiration for this painting (photobucket link.) If you have seen a work of art (photograph, statue, painting) that is very similar (standing man with a guitar, etc) please let me know. Thanks.
posted by egeanin at 2:22 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I make my face stop burning?

I put on some old Halloween make up to get a laugh out of my 4 year old nephew. Within minutes I felt like my skin was burning. I've washed all the make up off as gently as possible. Now my entire face is bright red. What's the best thing to do now to give my skin some relief, and not look like I got locked in a tanning booth?
posted by blackzinfandel at 2:13 PM PST - 10 comments

This belongs to us now

What used to be considered common or low quality that's now considered a luxury? [more inside]
posted by sprezzy at 1:37 PM PST - 98 comments

Bottled water, tap water, plastic, glass... I can't decide!

So, I love bottled water. I also have concerns about the effects of drinking out of plastic bottles. (Yeah, I'm about 30 years too late worrying about constant exposure to the chemicals in plastic, but better late than never?) So my question is, can I just fill glass bottles and reuse them? Are there any special precautions I need to take? Is tap water as good as bottled water? Is there a good way to get affordable non-plastic bottled water? More details below! [more inside]
posted by AspirinPill at 12:35 PM PST - 31 comments

What are some other poems I would like?

I'm looking for short-ish poems related to change, growth, rebirth, beginning again, new years, birthdays, the inevitable (but often delightful or joyful) passage of time, and/or the idea that we're all going to die, but also we're all in it together and sometimes it ends up working out. [more inside]
posted by vakker at 12:08 PM PST - 13 comments

Tax preparer in Portland

I need a recommendation for a tax preparer in Portland, OR for a mildly complicated tax situation. I've had bad luck trying to find someone good in the past. Do you have someone you like? [more inside]
posted by duien at 11:57 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me find a professional proofreader

Help me find a professional proofreader to spot any remaining writing errors in an academic article. [more inside]
posted by washburn at 11:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Is it easy to start a natto culture? To perpetuate one?

So I'm down to probably about 50 lbs of soy beans, and having recently found and tried natto, really like it! So I'd like some natto-culturing advice. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 11:29 AM PST - 3 comments

Fetch, Website, Fetch! How do I get a website to fetch USGS Data?

I'm trying to setup a web page on my Wordpress site to fetch river flow data from the USGS and drop it into a table. It seems like our friends at the USGS want to make this process easy for me, but my webdev skills are lacking. [more inside]
posted by craven_morhead at 11:28 AM PST - 5 comments

How do people engaged in voter suppression justify it to themselves?

In general, I can get into the heads of people with whom I strongly disagree. But I just don't get how people can claim they love democracy while actively working to deny voting rights to other citizens by limiting access to the polls (due to location, hours, limits on vote by mail, or making it hard to register). Can you help me understand this? [more inside]
posted by potrzebie at 10:55 AM PST - 31 comments

How to wish Finns a happy centenary?

What's Finnish for 'Happy 100th Birthday Finland!', and is it appropriate? [more inside]
posted by pipeski at 10:48 AM PST - 5 comments

FSBO Advice

Have you purchased property that was sold FSBO? What do you wish you knew before you did so? What would you do differently next time? What advice would you offer someone who was going through the process? I'm in the Boston area, should your advice be location-dependent.
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 10:26 AM PST - 6 comments

How to do damage control after a job offer mistakenly made

A colleague of mine referred an internship candidate to me and after looking at their resume I decided to interview them. The candidate did well and I told them that I would be in touch if we decided to move forward and offer them an internship. Applicant sent me and colleague separate thank you emails. Before I had a chance to even read said email, colleague responded to the one they received and extended a formal offer without telling me because they thought I'd said it was okay. I didn't. At all. Now what? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger at 10:05 AM PST - 29 comments

Tonic water in a can? IMPOSSIBLE!

Why isn't tonic water sold in cans? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 9:56 AM PST - 26 comments

What's good in White Plains?

I'll be in White Plains, NY the first weekend in May. What are some interesting things to do, see, or eat in that area? I'll have a car available. I don't especially want to go into NYC. [more inside]
posted by Janta at 8:50 AM PST - 13 comments

Excel Help - &if statements not formatting as accounting or currency?

I'm having trouble with some excel formatting when &if statements are used. [more inside]
posted by FireStyle at 8:32 AM PST - 2 comments

Getting rid of a boil

In January I developed what I think is a boil; a gross pus-filled thing appeared on my chest and burst a few days later. However, it left a red sore behind, and it’s still there unchanged. How do I get rid of it? [more inside]
posted by metasarah at 7:30 AM PST - 13 comments

Opinions are like pizzas: everybody has one, and they're all great

Well, I'll eat just about anything on a pizza. Corn, pineapple, anchovy, you name it. The only limits are my imagination, but lately I worry my imagination is not up to the task. Tell me, mefi: what is your favorite VERY UNUSUAL or RARE topping where you've been surprised by how good it turned out to be? Bonus points if you can tell me where/when you first had it! [more inside]
posted by Greg Nog at 5:55 AM PST - 141 comments

Umm, school's going fine, thank you...

I will leave the details vague for obvious reasons, but I am in a professional program (think medical or dental), and had some trouble getting through the first semester "block" of my first year. Since it was too many credits to remediate, the school allowed me to take designated master's-level courses from an affiliated program second semester and let me return next fall as long as I received satisfactory grades in those courses. I did, and I addressed the issues holding me back that first semester, and "round 2" of my first year has been going much better (knock on wood). I am happy with my progress now; having to avoid questions and explain it to relatives, on the other hand... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:12 AM PST - 23 comments

Help solve my sword/backpack/bicycle/style problem

I need a new sword carrying solution. Unfortunately for you, I'm rather particular about style... [more inside]
posted by Skyanth at 3:07 AM PST - 20 comments

Coming to the U.S. on a student visa - and showing the funds

How does an international student show $50,000 in bank statements? [more inside]
posted by jander03 at 2:37 AM PST - 15 comments

April 11

Recently broadcast program about the Anthropocene epoch

I recently (within the past week or so) heard a program on the local NPR station that discussed the Anthropocene, mass extinctions, and other matters related to deep time. What was it? [more inside]
posted by compartment at 9:20 PM PST - 4 comments

Remembering that I'm grateful and happy

I just started a new job at a great company and moved to a place with more friends, all sorts of good and great things, and I have felt really quite happy and thrilled by how good things are vs. the truly meh/sucky/over-worked-ness/long-commute of before. How do I keep this feeling of gratefulness and happiness alive? I can already feel like the "day to day" is making me adjust to this new normal, and little annoyances are starting to get me down. [more inside]
posted by ellerhodes at 9:04 PM PST - 17 comments

What are these man-made structures off the coast of Grand Manan Island?

Are these fish traps, or fish farms, or oyster farms? Google Maps
posted by cyclicker at 8:46 PM PST - 4 comments

What were your favorite experiences in Japan?

What were your favorite experiences in Japan in the central/north region? I'm going on a one or 1.5 week trip at the end of May. [more inside]
posted by bluelight at 8:14 PM PST - 23 comments

Name this cat, and why doesn't she cat

We got a cat (pic1, pic2, pic3) this weekend. She's white and orange, medium sized, about 3 years old, and enjoys chatting, sitting on laps, kneading, and purring. [more inside]
posted by redlines at 7:55 PM PST - 57 comments

DIY Mid-Century Modern/Retro wall screen and back-lighting ideas

Seeking design suggestions to finish off this in-progress wall screen/fence. [more inside]
posted by mefitem at 7:40 PM PST - 2 comments

Self-care package ideas

I've had to curtail my social life because of an illness (see previous question). Right now my M.O. is to go to work, get through the day, and go home and rest. [more inside]
posted by bunderful at 7:06 PM PST - 18 comments

Keeping away from the Joneses

I am often comparing my life to my peers and I end up feeling pretty sad. I have a lot to be grateful for but also have been struggling with adult milestones (infertility, money management, home ownership, etc.) How do I keep my head above water? [more inside]
posted by robertthebruce at 6:55 PM PST - 19 comments

I've got a fever and the only prescription is more jazz flute!

Over the past several months I've discovered that I apparently like jazz flute. I've found new music that happens to feature it, and a couple artists I already like have featured it in recent albums. Now I want to find more. [more inside]
posted by noneuclidean at 5:37 PM PST - 9 comments

Packaging scripts for linux distribution

So I want to package a combination of system config files and scripts along with package dependencies for distribution on Linux (specifically Raspbian) - what's the right tool to do this? Docker? Snaps? A .deb file? [more inside]
posted by GuyZero at 4:36 PM PST - 14 comments

Things I can do for a friend with a new baby near Asheville, NC

My friend is real close to popping this baby out and already has most of the stuff she needs. She has an Amazon list thing I'm going to peruse (though I know she also gets a percentage off for larger orders, so I will do this strategically), but I was thinking that things that make their lives easier in the immediate aftermath of the baby would be useful? what is most life saving in the couple of months after a new baby comes home? This is a first baby, so they are also kind of out of their minds having no real idea how to prepare. I was thinking delivered meals could be helpful, but I don't know if my friend will still have dietary restrictions or where to order such food on a regular basis. I am bad at babies. Help?
posted by schadenfrau at 3:54 PM PST - 11 comments

How do we negotiate for our wedding?

We're in the early stages of planning for our wedding (18 months ahead), heard that we should negotiate, and don't want to get ripped off! Well, when and how do we do that? [more inside]
posted by fizzix at 2:39 PM PST - 16 comments

Resources for the Siblings of Depressed Teens?

Can you point me towards online and/or print resources geared towards understanding and/or supporting kids or adolescents who share their home with a sibling who has been diagnosed with depression? [more inside]
posted by calcetinporfavor at 2:27 PM PST - 2 comments

How to remove metal "scratches" in toilet bowl?

So, MrJane agressively attacked a toilet clog with a toilet auger and now I am left with gray metallic scratches in the toilet bowl, in the guest powder room, of course. I've tried scrubbing them with a pumice stick, but they are still there. Any thoughts on how to remove them?
posted by sarajane at 2:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Long, thin musical instrument as cabin baggage

Cabin-baggage-gamble question. Long thin keyboard inside a fabric slipcase; including the case, it weighs 4 lbs [1.8 kg] and is 34 x 6 x 2 inches [86 x 15 x 5 cm]. [more inside]
posted by kalapierson at 1:46 PM PST - 5 comments

Great Haircut for a Long-Haired Woman in Chicago, Round 2

Five years ago I asked for haircut recommendations, and now the stylist I went to has moved on and I am asking again. [more inside]
posted by mai at 12:54 PM PST - 2 comments

Updating App Store Screen Shots

Can you add/subtract/rearrange App Store screenshots after your app is approved without also uploading a new version? If not, is it possible to "cheat" by simply updating the version # of the prior build?
posted by Quisp Lover at 12:20 PM PST - 2 comments

My work Dell Latitude laptop thinks my speakers are headphones

I have it plugged into a Dell docking station and it believes that anything plugged into it are headphones. I suspect this is why vocals in music files all sound muffled regardless of what I use for playback. [more inside]
posted by tommasz at 10:25 AM PST - 4 comments

Baby name book recommendations

It sounds so easy, but I can't find what I'm looking for: a baby name book that meets my criteria. More below the fold. [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday at 9:37 AM PST - 7 comments

How anxious should I be

I need some outside thoughts about how to process and manage this. Potential breast cancer or annoying sensitive skin issue. [more inside]
posted by michswiss at 9:15 AM PST - 15 comments

What's the song playing in this NSFWish Spring 2017 Calvin Klein ad?

I love the lo-fi, washed-out electronic background track in the Spring 2017 CK women's underwear tv spot. I want to purchase this song. Problem is, the commercial was apparently generated from thin air because no credits for this spot exist anywhere on the internet. Can you help me figure out this undie-ad mystery? Video link inside. [more inside]
posted by muirne81 at 9:01 AM PST - 6 comments

Car won't start. Simply out of gas?

Ok, I'll start with the short summary, and then go into the details: mid-2000's Honda Civic. Battery fully charged. When I turn the key it cranks, but won't start the engine. It's fairly cold here right now but not extreme (above freezing). Has been sitting for several months with a nearly empty tank. [more inside]
posted by abrightersummerday at 8:43 AM PST - 17 comments

Teach my old cat a new trick

My nearly 11-year-old cat is having issues with her back end, but she refuses to use stepstools or cat stairs. What's the best way to teach her, before she aggravates whatever condition she has? [more inside]
posted by We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese at 8:24 AM PST - 9 comments

How to create perfect digital music copy from used CDs?

A album I love which is out of print in CDs and not available anywhere streaming is something I'd like to create a pristine copy of by composing multiple copies of used CDs. [more inside]
posted by ephemerae at 8:05 AM PST - 11 comments

I'd like to buy a banjo!

I think I want to buy a banjo. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by kbanas at 7:13 AM PST - 21 comments

What is the current thinking about race and genotype?

I have heard informally that the Human Genome Project has changed how scientists are thinking about race. Are there any great articles or documentaries that explain the current thinking about race and genotype? Or, if you are a scientist or someone otherwise well-versed, could you explain it to us? I am interested in both understanding the science, as well as how it is changing how we think about society. [more inside]
posted by mortaddams at 6:54 AM PST - 11 comments

Looking for a modern day wiki for a group project

Please help me find a modern day wiki for a group project. We're already using Slack and Trello, and while those are nice, we need a place to write and collect formatted documents with group editing/commenting capabilities and cross-document links. Google Docs would sort of work, but I hope there is something better available. [more inside]
posted by Winnie the Proust at 6:43 AM PST - 5 comments

Contemporary realist painters showing in Los Angeles Westside?

I'm visiting family in Santa Monica, CA this coming Wednesday through Sunday and would love to catch some really good, critically acclaimed and currently active realist painters, leaning towards but not necessarily attelier/academic. Vincent Desiderio or finalists in the BP portrait contest is the sort of thing I'm looking for.
posted by anonymous at 4:28 AM PST - 1 comment

Do I tell her how long it's been? How do I tell her?

I'm newly seeing this very awesome woman. Things are headed in the right direction. How, or do I even tell her it's been two years since I've had sex. More... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:27 AM PST - 37 comments

April 10

I took a new job at my company. Now, how do I take it back?

A few weeks ago I had to choose between working for Division A or Division B within my large corporation. I signed the offer letter for A and called the director to express my enthusiasm, but now I'm having doubts this is the right career path. What's the best way to undo this and jump back to B? Is it even possible?
posted by boghead at 11:06 PM PST - 7 comments

What do social scientists think of IQ?

How respectable and/or embarrassing is the IQ / 'g' literature in the halls of academia? [more inside]
posted by mark k at 10:36 PM PST - 12 comments

How does copyright permission work in the UK?

There's quite a bit online about how to request permission to license a copyrighted work in the UK, but much less about how to grant permission. Could this be as simple as sending an e-mail giving written confirmation that it's okay to use your work or must there be more to it? A specific scenario inside. [more inside]
posted by vathek at 9:59 PM PST - 3 comments

Pillow Talk

How do I find the pillow(s) of my dreams? [more inside]
posted by Champagne Supernova at 7:55 PM PST - 21 comments

Why can't I grow mint?

People say (& the internet confirms) that mint is easy to grow, but I have never ever been able to have even minimal success with growing it from seed. I have tried to start mint in small pots, in large ones, by sowing it directly in the earth, and by scattering it wily nily around and nothing has worked. What am I doing wrong? Gardeners of mefi: please hope me. [more inside]
posted by likeatoaster at 6:16 PM PST - 30 comments

Bathmat needed for stupid, textured tub

I need a new bathmat for my tub but... it has the slightest texture ever and somehow that's enough to keep normal bathmats from sticking. Help me find a new mat before I slip in the shower and break my face! [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 5:05 PM PST - 8 comments

Give me them big flowy melancholy 1940s ballads

I've recently realized just how much I enjoy the songs Nature Boy and Autumn Leaves. I'd like some recommendations for an entire album of that kind of ballad. [more inside]
posted by komara at 3:02 PM PST - 22 comments

Navigating the T&C of GoFundMe, Police Brutality Edition

Two friends of mine were among the most severely injured of the #JaxFive, who were arrested in this horrific incident of police brutality. In the immediate aftermath, there were a lot of people who wanted to donate, especially to support my friend Connell, a Deaf, progressive activist who was beaten by about five cops and dragged away unconscious. Hours after the incident, I volunteered to set up a crowdfunding page to channel people’s desire to help. People on the ground seemed most familiar with GoFundMe, so that’s what I set up. [more inside]
posted by Devika at 2:05 PM PST - 4 comments

How to keep Mourning doves from abandoning their eggs on our fire escape

Mourning doves have nested in a raised planter on our Brooklyn fire escape and laid a pair of eggs. We do not want to displace the doves but fear our activity near the window (inches from their nest, in our kitchen) will lead to abandoning their eggs. We are considering a privacy window film, but now worry that the doves will see themselves in the reflection and abandon their eggs. Does anyone know if this is likely to happen or what better options we might have?
posted by mizrachi at 2:01 PM PST - 9 comments

How to match galvanized steel with polished/brushed?

We bought a monster range hood exhaust fan that we need to mount on the wall. For reasons we won't have a hood cover on it, so we're instead going to go industrial look and have the exhaust ducts exposed. But the ducts are galvanized steel and the range hood is stainless steel. How do we match it? [more inside]
posted by Karaage at 1:38 PM PST - 13 comments

Minimum Viable Wardrobe

So cartoon characters have been wearing literally the same thing every day since time immemorial. Lately, it seems to have become a trend among a particular set of wealthy techies. If, hypothetically, one were to decide to do this, what would be the absolute minimum set of clothing required, if you didn't want to be gross but also didn't want to do laundry every day? And non-hypothetically, how weird would it be do this if you aren't a wealthy trendsetter? [more inside]
posted by perplexion at 1:27 PM PST - 41 comments

What is the easy, cheap, lightweight photoshop alternative?

I have watercolor paintings that I've scanned in with a typical scanner. I would like to resize, crop, color-correct. I really want to be able to work with multiple layers to combine multiple images. Back in the day, I used Macromedia Fireworks which was easy and amazing. Photoshop makes my head spin and I can't afford it anyway. What PC software should I use?
posted by rebent at 1:22 PM PST - 19 comments

Toddler Batman wants to be helpful

Our son (just turned three) loves superheros and always wants his character to help people and animals. My husband and I are usually assigned to be co-heros (Robin, Superman, Wonder Woman, etc.), but usually also assigned to be the ones in need of help. Help me with ideas of what our "problems" might be! I feel so uncreative... [more inside]
posted by Pax at 12:17 PM PST - 26 comments

Recreating epic restaurant curry

My husband and I went to a curry restaurant while we were on vacation last weekend and had some of the best curry we have ever had. Despite ordering "familiar" things, my husband ended up getting something we have never had before and with a flavor we desperately want to reproduce. It was simply called "Madras Chicken" but it was very far removed from the madras curry we're familiar with that I don't even know where to start to recreate it. Help? [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson at 12:10 PM PST - 16 comments

New Orleans inpatient treatment facility for depression

Seeking a New Orleans area inpatient treatment facility or program for bi-polar/depression that is in NO WAY God or 'higher power' focused. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:51 AM PST - 2 comments

Whale Watching/Island Hopping Boat Rides Near Bar Harbor, ME in April

We booked a last minute 10th anniversary trip to Bar Harbor, ME last night, hoping to fulfill my "dream" to go whale watching. The cursory internet search said whale watching begins in mid-April, but nothing seems to open before mid-May. It doesn't specifically have to be in Bar Harbor, but within reasonable driving distance. Of course any other off the beaten path suggestions are welcome. It seems a lot is still closed in mid-April so year round ideas would be very much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by khyaiin at 11:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Machine-washable work-appropriate pants for women? (Not jeans)

Where can I buy women's machine-washable pants/trousers/slacks to wear in a business-casual office environment? Not jeans. [more inside]
posted by cadge at 10:47 AM PST - 38 comments

LAX parking ticket: contest or pay?

On Friday night my SO (N) and I got a red zone parking ticket at LAX. It sounds like a doozy, and I'm debating whether to contest or just pay up. This is our first citation in LA, and I have questions. (YANAL, YANML) Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Fish, fish, are you doing your duty? at 10:33 AM PST - 12 comments

Lower back pain and walking

For most of my life, my lower back has gotten very tight very quickly when I walk or stand. It usually tightens up when I walk after about 5 minutes or after 10 minutes when I stand in one place (like at a concert, say). I've always ascribed this to my anatomy causing me to have a swayback, but now that I'm older I'd like to (1) identify the causes properly and (2) find out how to mitigate the pain. [more inside]
posted by megancita at 10:24 AM PST - 22 comments

Which Crazy in Love is the best Crazy in Love?

By which I mean there is, I believe, a live version of Crazy in Love Beyoncé did which had a really really great stonking brass section. I would like to watch/listen to it again. [more inside]
posted by threetwentytwo at 10:16 AM PST - 2 comments

Copying emails out of an account without pop3 or IMAP access?

I work for a medium sized company where I am moving from an internal contractor position to independent contractor (good for both of us, actually). One consequence is that I am losing my internal accounts, including email. [more inside]
posted by MillMan at 9:51 AM PST - 8 comments

Is there an obligation to like certain culture if one is "smart"?

Is there an obligation to like certain movies/shows, read certain books, listen to certain music, or otherwise consume/experience/appreciate certain pieces of cultural media in order to be considered smart? [more inside]
posted by arateaa at 9:26 AM PST - 85 comments

How many genetic ancestors does the average person have?

Because of crossing over during meiosis, our genetic ancestry is a mix of a bunch of our ancestors. But how many ancestors, on average? (Or, better, what does the number-of-genetic-ancestors curve look like?) I know that it's probably not all of our ancestors, because there are a limited number of crossovers during a given recombination event. But how does all that math work out? What are the chances that we have lineal copies of at least a chunk of a chromosome from all of our great-grandparents? What about 5 generations back? 10?
posted by clawsoon at 8:46 AM PST - 11 comments

Help Finding Roommates in Philidelphia

A friend of mine will be moving to Philidelphia on July 30th to start a year of service with City Year. She aims to spend less than $600 per month and knows that this will require roommates, but doesn't know how to find them! She's considering trying to live with some of her co-workers, but is concerned about maintaining personal boundaries if she works and lives with the same group of people. Can any locals in the area provide insight? Is there a secret Facebook group (or something similar) where roommates can find each other in Phili? [more inside]
posted by snufflepup at 7:42 AM PST - 10 comments

What are your tips for not losing your smartpen?

I recently got a Neo N2 smartpen. It seems like a great and useful thing. For decades I've thought of pens as things I can lose, and so, would lose them all the time. For obvious reasons, I'd rather not lose this one. Any tips for not losing your smartpen?
posted by ManInSuit at 6:59 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I contact a human being at instagram??!

I tried to set up a new instagram account a few weeks ago, got an error message, and now the account exists in some Schroedinger state that can't be fixed. Nothing on help.instagram.com works, and their reporting tool through the app is broken. How do I contact a person? [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk at 6:39 AM PST - 14 comments

What kind of trouble will follow subleasing a mortgaged home?

My sister-in-law is living in a house owned by a former coworker and making mortgage payments on behalf of the owner. She is not renting from the owner but is actually making the owner's mortgage payments in his name. There is no official or legal arrangement or contract. She believes she is "taking over the mortgage" by paying it and that one day, the house will be hers. What could go wrong here? [more inside]
posted by AMom15 at 4:23 AM PST - 18 comments

Best site/app to safely sell tickets to an unknown buyer?

I am selling my burning man tickets and have a buyer. I'm trying to figure out the best way to do this safely and protect us both. Issue is, physical tickets aren't here yet, I can only transfer the order itself. [more inside]
posted by robotdevil at 3:24 AM PST - 9 comments

How did you recharge your marriage?

I feel like my partner and I are not connecting that much these days. Between young kids (toddler + early elementary), full time corporate jobs etc we are just not spending much time together, and what we do spend is very "admin" focused. How did you keep a feeling of intimacy in your relationship at this stage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:03 AM PST - 20 comments

Mortgage sharing - moving out - what should I pay?

I currently live with my brother. We share a mortgage on the flat we live in. I have decided to leave the flat and move in with my girlfriend. I intend to keep my share of the flat with my brother, which he is fine with - what should I be paying for? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:03 AM PST - 6 comments

April 9

Quite literally dying on stage

I've been doing stand up as a hobby for the past year. First 8-9 months have been absolutely fine. But lately I've developed debilitating, alarmingly physical stage fright. It's like I'm physically allergic to the stage. How do I get over this? [more inside]
posted by nerdfish at 11:06 PM PST - 9 comments

Alternatives to Claritin

My eyes are burning and tearing and spasming, which I am pretty sure is due to seasonal allergies. I do not want to take Claritin/Loratadine, as during the two weeks I was just taking it, I noticed I was uncharacteristically impatient and irritated at everyone and everything. Other ideas, especially from people who had a bad reaction to Loratadine? [more inside]
posted by lazuli at 9:48 PM PST - 35 comments

How can I stop my fight-or-flight about doing work from ruining my life?

My body physically hurts and is in pain whenever I think or attempt to do work or move towards my goals, and I am so ashamed by how little I've accomplished and by how much pain I am in. I really need all of your advice and support to get through this, so I can fulfill my potential and dreams in my life. Please help! [more inside]
posted by yueliang at 9:33 PM PST - 19 comments

What's a good word to use when you need to co-adjust two components?

For example: the business processes need to change to so that you can take advantage of new technologies, but the technologies need to be tweaked to support the business process. Thus one might offer "a service that specializes in *co-adapting* the business process and the new technologies." What's a better word than "co-adapting" or a better way to phrase this without lengthening the sentence?
posted by blue_wardrobe at 8:12 PM PST - 11 comments

Facebook security lockout

Last Tuesday facebook asked me to confirm my phone number by texting a security code, then they asked me for a photo to verify my identity (which I sent), all though the website, not email. Since then, whenever I try to log in I see: Thanks for sending your photo. We'll email you within 72 hours if it meets our requirements. Right now, your account has been disabled as a security precaution. It's been well over 72 hours and I haven't heard a peep out of them. How do I restore access to my account? [more inside]
posted by roue at 7:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Why Doesn't My Miso Soup Taste Miso-y?

When I make miso soup, it doesn't taste of miso. I have both red and white Miso Master brand miso - if I use the white, it doesn't taste much of anything, if I use the red, it tastes of something, but it's not particularly good and definitly not miso-y/ salty. I'm not boiling the soup, and I'm using the same dashi I use to make tsuyu (which is delicious) so I don't think that's the problem. What gives?
posted by 7 Minutes of Madness at 7:14 PM PST - 16 comments

Fun things for a nerd to get into in Philly?

I'm thinking about taking a weekend trip to Philadelphia (I live within driving distance, but have never been). What's cool and off the beaten tourist path? (The Mütter Museum is already on my list.) Snowflakes inside, of course! [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet at 6:52 PM PST - 21 comments

Specific Puerto Rico Travel Tips

Hi all, Looking for specific tips for our visit to Puerto Rico next month regarding bio bay tours, visiting El Yunque, and restaurants. [more inside]
posted by too bad you're not me at 6:09 PM PST - 12 comments

Plane travel with walking boot

I have some US domestic air travel coming up-- worst case scenario is 4 trips in three days (work travel scheduling shenanigans). I have a broken metatarsal and so am in a walking boot. A few questions: 1- the most discomfort is coming from the disparate heel height between the boot and the shoe on my other foot. Dansko clogs and a random pair of sandals are coming close but not perfect. Any footwear suggestions? Hopefully something not too casual? 2- should I rent one of those knee scooters? It would reduce the literal pain of walking more than a block on the bum foot, but would it add to the unbalanced jankyness in general? Can I gate check it? Can I wheel a small suitcase while knee scooting? 3- should I give up and just check bags and ask for a wheelchair? How much time does "I need a wheelchair" add to the airport experience? Thanks MeFi!
posted by travertina at 3:34 PM PST - 12 comments

Savings Bonds and Taxes 101

Super simple question. Let's say a relative bought you (made-up numbers!) $30k in savings bonds when you were a child. You cashed out the bonds as an adult for (again made-up numbers!) $45k in 2016. Do you owe taxes on the full $45k or just on the $15k interest? I know there a lots of nuances here. But before I ask my accountant more specific questions, I want to make sure I'm heading down the right path. And I can't seem to find a simple answer to this question online!
posted by whitewall at 3:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Christian station in Monroe City, Mo, healthy lifestyle speaker

I'm looking for the man who spoke today on the radio about healthy lifestyle changes including gardening tips, metal toxicity, re-hydration. I was driving from Mark Twain Lake in Monroe City, I happened to scan to a station playing contemporary Christian songs then a man came on to give tips to live more healthy including avoiding GMO seeds and other great advice. He had great studies and facts to back up his advice. I lost the station when I got into Hannibal, Mo. My radio is old and doesn't show the station. I would love to find out who was speaking or start with the radio stations there.
posted by kgreerRN at 2:44 PM PST - 5 comments

A tall balcony plant for privacy

You have a balcony which you'd like like a bit more privacy on. You want something that grows 1.5 to 2 metres tall. The catch: you don't have a lot of space for planters, maybe 30 cm floor space out from the balcony edge. Oh and it shouldn't die in winter (-10 Celcius) or Summer (+30).
posted by bergnotburg at 2:16 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me not hate Durham!

Long story short, my SO has chosen Duke for his 1.5 year graduate program. Great, except for that I visited Durham and hated it. Help? Longer explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by bonifate at 1:49 PM PST - 29 comments

Help a geezer navigate ComicCon!

I have a tradition where I take my nieces and nephews on a trip for just the two of us when they are old enough to do so. The next nephew up selected the San Diego ComicCon as his destination and after a failure to get tickets last year, we're in with 4 day badges this year. Help me figure out how to make the best of it! [more inside]
posted by Lame_username at 10:38 AM PST - 9 comments

Have you ever gotten back together with someone you dated briefly?

I'm interested in experiences of people who went on a few dates with someone or dated casually for a month or two, went their separate ways, and then got back together. [more inside]
posted by HeatherMoor at 10:24 AM PST - 25 comments

Help me decipher a quasi-ex's actions

A guy I had been on/off seeing eventually chose his girlfriend over me, but is now initiating contact with me again. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by twelvefifty at 10:13 AM PST - 30 comments

Help me in my new town: Kannapolis NC

I found the farmer's market near the Charlotte airport, which is amazing. Does anyone know of anything similar on the Kannapolis side? I found the Piedmont listed online, but looking for recommendations in other areas. [more inside]
posted by racersix6 at 8:36 AM PST - 5 comments

Intersectional Science March sign ideas

I'm going to a local offshoot of the upcoming March for Science, and I'm looking for sign ideas. Specifications inside. [more inside]
posted by Shmuel510 at 8:08 AM PST - 15 comments

Accelerated pre-med courses?

Anybody have information on accelerated pre-med courses? Eg 'a year of chem & bio plus wetlab in 1 quarter or semester, full-time?' Just curious if these exist anywhere.
posted by semaphore at 7:31 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me replace the comfiest, ugliest chairs

I have two hand-me-down leather chairs (demi-loveseats?) which my parents bought twenty-odd years ago and I inherited about a decade ago. They have lived two wonderful lives, but time has made them saggy and I'm ready to move on. I need help finding comfy, reasonably-priced alternatives. [more inside]
posted by thejoshu at 6:54 AM PST - 11 comments

Looking for spoilers for the SXSW movie "Most Beautiful Island"

I would like to read a detailed plot synopsis with spoilers of the film "Most Beautiful Island", which played at SXSW this year. Anyone have any leads? Most published reviews so far are sparse with the details. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by themanwho at 1:06 AM PST - 1 comment

Great audiobooks by/about women?

Help me spend my last two Audible credits on something not by white dudes. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna at 12:58 AM PST - 19 comments

April 8

What was this TV show?

My partner saw a TV show in the late seventies that he describes as "grizzly Adams like". It had a guy fishing, woodworking, living in the forest. He lived in Canada or the US; the show was on Canadian TV. Does this ring any bells for anyone?
posted by meringue at 10:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Glitter on children's clothing--safe?

I have noticed a lot of children's clothing has glitter on it, typically embedded in the paint or logos of shirts. Mainly, I am talking about Koala Kids and Carter's clothing. Almost every article of clothing sold has either glitter or a choking hazard--buttons. Is the glitter safe? [more inside]
posted by candasartan at 8:42 PM PST - 7 comments

Another luggage question: Boston edition

Staying in Boston's North End, have to check out of an Airbnb at 11am, don't have to be at Logan until 3:30ish. Four people with big suitcases. What to do with the suitcases so we can enjoy our last day in town? Airbnb host can't accomodate me with a late check-out or luggage storage. No local friends/family. Help?
posted by BlahLaLa at 7:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Awesome Note not so awesome

I've been using the awesome Note app know my iPhone for a few years. One of the features I've made great use of is the clickable links for addresses which opens up Maps when clicking on an entered address in a note once it is designated read-only. The link has disappeared for all the notes leaving plain text. I have a few hundred notes, so I'd rather not re-enter all the data. Has anyone else had this problem; does anyone know of a solution?
posted by coldhotel at 5:54 PM PST - 1 comment

What's "very last credit" worthy on Audible?

I have one Audible credit to spend before my lowered rate trial membership ends. What, in your opinion, is the absolute best purchase on Audible right now?
posted by orange swan at 5:43 PM PST - 21 comments

My fridge was not properly closed last night. Is my milk safe to drink?

Milk jug was bought last night, but my fridge door was left ajar. The milk jug was slightly cool, but definitely not cold. Is the milk safe to drink?
posted by Beholder at 4:32 PM PST - 21 comments

Audio for Madeleine by Ludwig Bemelmans?

Where can i find audio or video of the book Madeleine by Ludwig Bemelmans in french? [more inside]
posted by river99 at 3:53 PM PST - 2 comments

Managing the end of a relationship due to distance

My boyfriend is moving away for a once-in-a-lifetime job opportunity. My own career situation requires that I stay here, so we're breaking up. What are the rules of engagement for making this as endurable as possible? [more inside]
posted by telegraph at 3:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Excuse my sorry English

Hi everybody, non-native English speaker here trying to find out if there is a word for the opposite of the term 'equalizer'. Thanks for thinking with me! [more inside]
posted by Litehouse at 2:37 PM PST - 30 comments

Taking a computer from US to Shanghai for short-term work contract

I'm going to Shanghai for work for 11 days as a contractor, not an employee. I need advice on preparing and transporting my heavy, bulky laptop computer appropriately. I leave the US Tuesday morning. [more inside]
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 2:36 PM PST - 6 comments

What's the simplest/fastest way to split an mp4 file into two files?

I have a large video file (mp4) that I'd like to make into two smaller video files. This seems like it should be simple to do. I've got Adobe Premiere Pro CC, but I don't really know how to use it. I think I'm getting it to do what I want but it's going to take a couple hours to just process and render half of the file, and even then, I'm not 100% positive that the results will be the same quality as the original. Is there a way to do this that doesn't require rerendering the entire video? I've seen lots of freeware out there, but I don't really trust the results of a Google search for this sort of thing. Okay, I'm almost embarrassed at the stupidity of this question. [more inside]
posted by ErWenn at 12:29 PM PST - 11 comments

Another ID This Plant Question

We just moved and are wondering what this plant/shrub/bush/thing is. [more inside]
posted by the webmistress at 11:50 AM PST - 6 comments

How to sleep while raising a puppy?

Any ideas for making it through the next few months? Especially this month when we have to keep him at home? [more inside]
posted by oceanlady at 11:08 AM PST - 14 comments

Surround Sound for Dummy (mostly music listening)

I know next to nothing about surround sound, but have purchased a couple of 5.1 remixes of my favorite albums over the years. Walk me through what I need to buy in order to hear these things. [more inside]
posted by ericthegardener at 11:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Local co-op PC games with some semblance of story?

My partner and I have found one of our favorite ways to spend time together is playing local co-op games. However, we don't really enjoy games that are mostly focused on gameplay, and prefer at least some story. Most of the local co-op games I've been finding don't look like they'd be to our taste. Details on what we're looking for inside. [more inside]
posted by brook horse at 9:15 AM PST - 10 comments

Should I choose my boyfriend or parents?

My dilemma is this: trust my boyfriend to improve his financial habits and move forward with him and without any “moral or financial” (parents’ words) help from them, since they will disown me if I go back to him, or turn my back on him and accept my parents’ help in moving forward in a direction they want to see, which has the upside of leading to the solid security they built for themselves and for my brother. Thank you. [more inside]
posted by Crystal Fox at 8:57 AM PST - 62 comments

App that solves the traveling salesman problem?

I am looking for an app that takes in a set of street addresses and spits out a recommended route to visit all of them. [more inside]
posted by Mr. Justice at 8:10 AM PST - 3 comments

One thing to make a better life?

I recently gave up alcohol, and WOW do I feel better. I was not even a heavy drinker, but I just have more energy and feel more positive during the day. I'm looking for other small things that I could do that could make things even better. What one thing have you done to make a change in your life that has made the largest impact on your quality of life?
posted by Toddles at 7:37 AM PST - 57 comments

Minneapolis non-pub quiz?

I enjoy trivia, but not drinking. Is there anywhere in the Twin Cities (preferably in south Minneapolis) that has a trivia competition and isn't a place of booze? [more inside]
posted by tellumo at 6:28 AM PST - 2 comments

Can you visit amaro producers in Italy?

Can you visit amaro producers in Italy? Do they have tours, museums or special tastings similar to what you'd expect when you visit breweries, wineries, whiskey distillers etc.? Is it different for large vs small producers? [more inside]
posted by mosessis at 6:09 AM PST - 2 comments

Game of Thrones titles for wedding party

I need four game of thrones style lists of titles for our wedding party. For the wedding happening today. Two men and two women if it helps. Danaerys' string of titles is already out.
posted by motioncityshakespeare at 6:08 AM PST - 3 comments

Accepting help in a time of need

I have experienced a loss and people want to reach out and 'help' me. I'm having very conflicted feelings about this. I'm not sure how to more graciously handle these offers? [more inside]
posted by ficbot at 5:27 AM PST - 21 comments

Life savings, looking for a good home

Would moving my money out of Bank of America decrease their ability to fund enterprises that I find unethical or detrimental? If I move my money to a credit union, is there any guarantee my money will be used for more ethical or positive purposes? If not, is there a better alternative? [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin at 4:40 AM PST - 9 comments

British TV and film recomendations for people learning English

I am teaching English and I have been asked to recommend some TV and films specifically with British accents. I'm a bit stuck and would love some recommendations! [more inside]
posted by Nilehorse at 2:31 AM PST - 9 comments

Where can I find drawing reference photos of a diverse set of people?

I love to draw people from reference photos. Most reference photos are of thin, "conventionally attractive," usually white people taken with studio lighting. For the last year, I've mostly drawn animals to avoid this problem altogether, but it's time to break my curse. Please tell me where I can find reference photos of people that aren't white models!
posted by yaymukund at 2:20 AM PST - 13 comments

April 7

Oh, Canada?

There's a 10 to 15 percent chance my family will leave the U.S. within the next five years, but where would we go? [more inside]
posted by donut_princess at 4:58 PM PST - 22 comments

Jamaican recording of Take Five

I'm looking for a Jamaican recording of Take Five. I think it must be from around the seventies. It is not the Lester Sterling or King Tubby version. I recall it had more of the traditional rhythm than reggae. I think the primary musician's name began with an "O," like Ozzie or Oscar maybe. I think it is pretty rare. I don't think it was ever that popular even at the time. Thanks.
posted by Golden Eternity at 4:57 PM PST - 14 comments

5AM-4PM at JFK Airport.. What to do?

Arriving on an overnight flight at JFK at 5:10AM on a Thursday, flying out on an international flight at 3:15PM on the same day. What do we do from 5:10AM until whenever we need to be back at the airport, and what time would that be, realistically? [more inside]
posted by erst at 3:02 PM PST - 27 comments

Hungry hip hop

What are some hip hop songs with references to specific (non-metaphorical) preparations of food? [more inside]
posted by isnotchicago at 3:02 PM PST - 35 comments

Minecraft PE worlds on a Kindle are corrupted and don't load

A Minecraft world on a Kindle (6th gen Fire HD) has glitched - this particular world has reverted to an uninhabited world, and all buildings etc. have disappeared. Sometimes when I quit and restart parts of them reappear, but they then disappear again ... Is there any way to recover this world? And how might I avoid this in the future? Thank you! [more inside]
posted by carter at 2:53 PM PST - 0 comments

Improving the rainwater run-off situation in my yard

Yes, it's another gardening question from me! We're working hard in our new house to get the garden up and running and I'm having a think on the next stage of the project: the rainwater situation and my side yard. Difficulty level: small yard surrounded by lots of asphalt. Pics inside. [more inside]
posted by soren_lorensen at 12:48 PM PST - 8 comments

How to approach my mom's potential alcohol problem?

My mom has always been a daily drinker, and in the last few years I've noticed that her daily consumption has increased. I've been a little concerned about her increased drinking over the last year, but this week my boyfriend found her secretly drinking in the basement and now I'm really concerned. I'm not sure what my next step should be as my gut instinct is telling me not to confront her directly. Please help. [more inside]
posted by OsoMeaty at 12:45 PM PST - 26 comments

No, really: how does my Glasgow garden grow?

Where can I learn everything there is to know about growing edible plants indoors, but with the slight hindrance of Scotland's lack of sun? [more inside]
posted by Vrai at 12:32 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I convince Mom's insurance to approve treatment for leukemia?

I'm quite upset regarding the way Medical Mutual (Insurance) has handled my Mom's leukemia treatment. She had a stem cell transplant and has been in remission for months now, but Doc says she's still not making new RBC's. He's proposed some sort of "boost" therapy to stimulate production, but our insurance denied the claim (among others). I've spent too much time arguing with them over the phone, and we've already appealed. What other avenues can we pursue to help change their minds? Is shaming through social media an option (We're in Cleveland)? [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers at 11:59 AM PST - 13 comments

Hack my spudly storage skills!

Help me best store my potatoes (regular and sweet) and other root vegetables. Difficulty: California, no basement/root cellar, no similar spot that stays cool year round. [more inside]
posted by Rosie M. Banks at 11:44 AM PST - 8 comments

Introducing Small Dog to Two Cats

I've read a lot of the dog/cat introduction threads, and there's a ton of good advice. A lot of the advice seems to be written with the idea that the dog will be larger in mind. Folks with tiny dogs: does this play out in the same way? [more inside]
posted by superlibby at 11:40 AM PST - 8 comments

What can I do about the next Supreme Court selection?

The fact that Gorsuch would get on the court was a forgone conclusion, but that makes it no less heinous in my view. What can I do specifically to help fight the current dominant political party's efforts to place another judge on the court? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie at 10:52 AM PST - 15 comments

Recommendation on whether to purchase a GoPro for Iceland trip?

Should I purchase a GoPro for an Iceland trip? [more inside]
posted by proficiency101 at 10:25 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I revive a dead Parrot MKi 9200 without moving to Norway?

I have a Parrot MKi 9200 car kit so I can use my mobile phone hands free. The remote control isn't working and my first guess is that it needs a new battery. The RC is stuck to my dash with double-sided tape, and I can't figure out how to remove the top half so I can replace the battery. The user guide and Google haven't helped. Any hints?
posted by angiep at 10:21 AM PST - 3 comments

What are the best nonfiction essays about Star Wars?

I'm looking for short Star Wars related non-fiction pieces to use for an English composition course I'm teaching. [more inside]
posted by matkline at 9:42 AM PST - 13 comments

iPhone + Verizon woes

I have a iPhone SE with Verizon as my carrier. I'm assuming this is a iPhone problem, but who knows anymore? [more inside]
posted by kathrynm at 9:20 AM PST - 8 comments

Electronics protection plans, are they worth it?

So I'm picking up a new, nice, set of headphones that I plan to use daily so they'll be subjected to some abuse. From personal experience, after about 2nd year something goes wrong no matter how careful I am. It seems like extended protection might be a good idea. Is it? [more inside]
posted by aeighty at 8:54 AM PST - 8 comments

Passport ID Woes

I am married and recently applied for a U.S. Passport in my maiden name because that's the name under which my SSN remains and they ask for the SSN on the application. Last week, I received a letter stating that my app is in "Routine Suspense" pending receipt of "A clear photocopy of at least one valid document issued in your maiden name." I sent my expired passport and birth certificate, both in my maiden name, with my application. Both of those items are listed as the "Primary ID" examples on their webpage. What else should I send them? [more inside]
posted by Kwisock Haderach at 8:47 AM PST - 12 comments

Last minute bachelorette ideas!

I am woefully behind planning my lovely sister's bachelorette party - which is tomorrow! 10 women, 20s and 30s, gathering in a hotel room for one evening, a mix of drinkers and non-drinkers: how do I make this special and fun? [more inside]
posted by teragram at 8:16 AM PST - 13 comments

What do you wish you had known when starting CPAP?

After a year of avoidance/denial, I'm reluctantly going today to be set up to try CPAP for my sleep apnea. I have a lot of anxiety about this and get overwhelmed every time I try to look for pro tips. I'm looking for advice about both the setup appointment and my first couple weeks trying the machine. [more inside]
posted by atruesock at 8:05 AM PST - 30 comments

Make a to-do list? It's on my to do list

Having relatively made the switch to a much busier and more demanding job with a wider remit than before, I am having trouble keeping track of what I need to do. This seems deceptively simple and yet I could do with some pointers on how to effectively keep track of priorities. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 8:03 AM PST - 11 comments

One cannot live on tea and ginger forever.

What helps with nausea that isn't: Apple-Cider Vinegar; Ginger; Marijuana or Peppermint? [more inside]
posted by kanata at 7:47 AM PST - 39 comments

Cross-cultural relationships...how do they work

My boyfriend's family is deeply conservative. He loves them. I love him. How do people possibly navigate this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:36 AM PST - 13 comments

I think I have OCD.

I've always thought I had anxiety, but now I think it's actually OCD. What's the best way to go about treating this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:35 AM PST - 16 comments

Please help woman do a career.

I work in a start-up and hold an intermediate level, technical position. Complications: start-up is almost busted, and I am trying for babies. Halp? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:35 AM PST - 10 comments

How can I find a connection with a man I’m actually attracted to?

I’m sick of my dating problems, particularly after they’ve come to a head with this most recent guy. The main problem: My dating history has never included a man I am actually attracted to. [more inside]
posted by actionpotential at 7:13 AM PST - 50 comments

Strange meeting methodology from maybe 10 years ago?

I remember reading a very detailed blow-by-blow description of a special meeting methodology. It was for a large and busy group that might have a large set of issues to deal with, and was highly anarchic / democratic / collaborative. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 6:24 AM PST - 8 comments

Heart palpitations, chilly weather - why does this happen?

I have a long-standing weird health thing which has been getting, slowly, worse. I have a doctor's appointment coming up but have not had much luck with resolution in the past. Do you have suggestions for further research, questions for the doctor, possibilities? [more inside]
posted by Frowner at 6:19 AM PST - 7 comments

Is it worth taking a job that's good for my career that's far away?

Should I stay in my field, taking a job that's a plane trip away from my fiance, which is probably the best career move, or should I take a lower-paying local job with fewer career-trajectory benefits? I'm losing my job and basically I have to choose between a far away company that pays great and looks great, and a close company that looks low-stress, but is in a different industry and would possibly set back my career. [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle at 6:00 AM PST - 18 comments

What Magnet strength / type do I need for this DIY Poster Holder?

I want to recreate this: Close Up Image of Poster Holder [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams at 2:46 AM PST - 6 comments

April 6

How do virtual classes for Google courses compare to physical classes?

I am interested in doing some courses related to the Google Cloud. These courses are typically offered either as virtual classes or as traditional in-classroom courses. How do these compare? Does anybody have direct experience of either of these? [more inside]
posted by oclipa at 9:46 PM PST - 0 comments

Apple App Store Apps: 2017 Edition

Which Apple App Store apps come recommended by you MeFites? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart at 8:19 PM PST - 21 comments

debt collection for a Japanese company

I've been made an offer that is unexpectedly generous and out of the blue to act as a debt collector for a Japanese manufacturing company. I have no idea how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by diode at 6:58 PM PST - 15 comments

Feel confident in dating even though forever single?

I'm a 30 year old woman who has been on lots of dates but never had an official boyfriend. I'm also a virgin although I didn't plan on this, Just wanted to be with someone I care about. This used to really get me down but I've worked on myself so much now I realize that I'm a great person and I've got so much to offer the right guy. How do I deal with past relationships and sex questions that can come up on dates? I don't want my lack of experience to be seen as a red flag and knock me out of the running because I can't change my past but I don't want it to negativity effect my future either. Read below and tell me what you think. [more inside]
posted by Countrycutie1986 at 6:04 PM PST - 21 comments

Help me find a ring similar to this one

I really like this ring, and would like to find it or something similar. What I like about it: modern, clean lines, silver and it fits over the bottom part of the finger (not sure how to describe that).
posted by nanook at 5:53 PM PST - 6 comments

Sudden urinary urgency, but no UTI?

Last Tuesday, I experienced my first ever issue with urinary urgency. Since then, it's only gotten worse. Both visits to urgent care have yielded negative urine samples and a "have a nice day!".. but this problem is getting worse, and causing some significant life problems. [more inside]
posted by oxfordcomma at 5:38 PM PST - 25 comments

Can I break a temp contract and not burn a bridge?

Also, is it reasonable for me to change jobs so that I don't miss a musical masterclass that I'm extremely attached to participating in? [more inside]
posted by winterportage at 5:31 PM PST - 11 comments

What's your remedy for depression-related fatigue?

I'm looking for non-prescription tips/supplements/hacks for those of you whose primary depression symptoms are crushing fatigue and depersonalization. [more inside]
posted by nubianinthedesert at 4:26 PM PST - 21 comments

Misery, exhaustion, and fatigue again

This was me at the end of January. I was having horrible fits of exhaustion, got treated for a UTI with three days of Cipro, and felt all better! At least for February. At the very end of February or the beginning of March, it all started again and has steadily been getting worse. [more inside]
posted by sockasm at 1:45 PM PST - 8 comments

Has my personal information been compromised?

Gmail account disabled and Amazon account locked for security purposes. I need help figuring out what to do and what happened. [more inside]
posted by Everydayville at 12:46 PM PST - 10 comments

Child Seats for a Dutch Bike

I am looking for child seat recommendations to put on the back of a Dutch bike. [more inside]
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 12:40 PM PST - 7 comments

How can a hypochondriac safely discern cardiac symptoms from...?

IKYANMD. I'm in my early 30s, a lady, and I have recent histories of endometriosis and anxiety. I'm keenly aware of the different ways that a heart attack can manifest in women, but the symptoms are often so subtle that it's hard for me to heed all the advice to GO TO THE ER ASAP whenever they occur. Are there any ways to tell the difference between cardiac stuff vs. PMS vs. anxiety vs. exercise fatigue or the flu, etc.? [more inside]
posted by witchen at 12:09 PM PST - 14 comments

Is it possible to get a land owner to observe a restrictive covenant UK

Hi I'm in the UK and the land behind my home has a restrictive covenant on it. This prohibits the land to be used for noxious or noisy businesses. However in January a car body shop moved into the unit behind my house. Is there any way of making the land owner enforce the covenant and either place restrictions on the business that is renting the business unit or to move them somewhere else? [more inside]
posted by Ranting Prophet of DOOM! at 11:49 AM PST - 10 comments

I get restless.

Every day, by late afternoon, I get a jittery feeling that I should be doing something else instead regardless of what I am doing at that time, regardless of what else I have done that day. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:46 AM PST - 9 comments

Challenging hospital bills

A family member was recently in the hospital and we've just recently gotten all of the insurance claims back. While the bills that we're expected to pay (which haven't come yet - I'm just seeing 'amount you owe' on the insurance website) aren't eye-popping (high hundreds/low thousands) they're very significant and I'm wondering what to do about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:46 AM PST - 9 comments

Tread on me. how to find wood planks for external stairway treads?

Some steps are sagging on my exterior wood staircase, and I'd like to replace the treads myself. How do I find decent lumber? [more inside]
posted by Zed at 10:25 AM PST - 12 comments

What's the deal with grad school?

I got a degree in CS about 10 years ago, worked in the field for a couple of years and moved on. Now I think I want to go to grad school, but don't really know how it works... [more inside]
posted by youthenrage at 10:08 AM PST - 5 comments

What are your tips and best practices for selling a car on Craigslist?

It is time to sell my 1999 Toyota Corolla. I would like to sell it to a private party through Craigslist or something instead of donating it, because even thought it has high mileage I have done a ton of work on it in the last year and it has a lot of new parts and still has a lot of life in it. [more inside]
posted by apricot at 10:02 AM PST - 21 comments

A Frigidaire leveling problem.

New fridge. I didn't make sure the front was higher during delivery before the guys left. The front leg screws are UNDER the fridge (page 6, Figure 3), with not enough clearance for a wrench, and only the thread is accessible to me. I need to make them taller. How can I safely level my landlord's fridge without damaging it (e.g. I think a pry bar would immediately damage it)?
posted by flibbertigibbet at 9:28 AM PST - 12 comments

They know where all the bodies are buried. And how to fix the copier.

One of the best things about my workplace is that many employees have been here FOREVER. That is also one of the worst things about it. Faced with the retirement and voluntary departure of an aging (but extremely knowledgeable) slice of our company's workforce over the next decade, what do we need to worry about? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 9:25 AM PST - 23 comments

Child custody documents and alcohol consumption

Should I allow my daughter's child to dictate alcohol consumption in custody documents, when he is the one who has some level of an alcohol problem, and I am her primary care taker? Or do you have any suggestions as how to better word it to protect everyone? Please read more below, as it is not really about giving up alcohol that is my concern, but about fear he is attempting to control or use something against me, as he has been likely to do in the past. [more inside]
posted by MamaBee223 at 9:23 AM PST - 20 comments

Bank of Montreal ATM glitch

A Bank of Montreal ATM swallowed my money and gave no receipt or record. Has this happened to anyone else? [more inside]
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 9:00 AM PST - 6 comments

Advice needed on how to liquidate financial broker account

Please hope me financial gurus. I need some advise on how to sell or convert some stocks and mutual funds. Several years ago I was gifted an account with a large national financial advisor/broker. This account contains money that is allocated to a handful of mutual funds and different stocks. It is not a large amount of money. Give or take 10K. I would like to sell/convert the money in this account and invest in just one or two stocks of my choosing. [more inside]
posted by Justin Case at 8:16 AM PST - 4 comments

could I hire someone to download Flickr photos for me?

My download speed is slow and I can't seem to download large batches of Flickr photos at home or at work. Where should I look to get this done? [more inside]
posted by knownassociate at 7:51 AM PST - 6 comments

Asexual but wanting a sexual relationship - can I offer enough?

Looking for perspectives from anyone who thinks they can offer insight, but most especially from men who like women. I think I'm asexual - I don't think I feel sexual attraction. I still value and want sex. Would I be "enough" for a non-asexual partner? How much of a deal-breaker would it be that their body and sexual responses didn't turn me on, and I only got turned on by their touch or words? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:04 AM PST - 22 comments

Should I quit my current job without having another one lined up?

Work is stressing me out. I believe my project is going nowhere fast. Should I leave even though I don't have another job in hand? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:04 AM PST - 17 comments

Too hot to sleep, too cold to sleep

YANMD, but I have been having trouble sleeping for the past 2-3 months due to what seems to be my body's inability to regulate internal temperature. I wake up multiple times a night, either too hot or too cold, though my room temperature does not change. Would love some ideas, or, if a doctor visit is in my future, a suggestion of what kind of doctor to see. [more inside]
posted by juniperesque at 6:39 AM PST - 13 comments

Creating a shared iOS contact list/address book for small biz VOIP setup

On the surface it seems like this should be simple - A staff of 12 people, replacing deskphones with iPhones. How can we establish and maintain a contact list that is native to iOS's phone book for caller ID and outbound calling purposes? [more inside]
posted by LongDrive at 5:17 AM PST - 2 comments

Any way to be challenged less on this recaptcha?

So I need to check the registration status of 200ish people on the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council register and they've recently added a recaptcha that makes me want to cry. Gone from 2-3 clicks per search to 5, 10, 15! Is there anything I can do browser-wise to reduce the frequency of challenges or is it just that the site has turned the captcha software all the way up to 11? [more inside]
posted by Ness at 3:04 AM PST - 7 comments

People who think shoplifting is bad but genocide is OK

I'm looking for historical examples of people caring about small-scale ethical issues but not apparently caring about monstrous crimes against humanity happening under their noses. An example might be a letter from someone who lived and worked right next to a Nazi death camp, talking about how littering, shoplifting, lying, infidelity, etc is bad and how it's important to honour your mother and father. [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry at 12:20 AM PST - 10 comments

April 5

i Want Leftover Gem Chips Fir Art

So, I know a lot of artists and I know that some artists incorporated diamond dust into their paintings to add special sparkle and raise prices. I want to give, as an Easter present to my artist friends, some diamond (or diamond like! They can be sapphires or whatever) factory made chips and dust. Surley there has to be a source for factory made diamonds not good enough for gems but fine for being mixed into some oil paint. Tell me how to get them.
posted by The Whelk at 10:39 PM PST - 6 comments

Raising an only child away from family - do-able?

Where we live now ticks a lot of boxes on paper and affords our only child bi-weekly visits from one set of grandparents (yes, the in-laws from my ask history). Where my husband and I want to live is likely somewhere that doesn't tick "boxes" but makes us happy, and may not be in easy visiting distance from our only child's grandparents. I increasingly feel trapped here. Will our only child be all right only having periodic visits from family? [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 at 9:14 PM PST - 31 comments

A desert retreat to heal from trauma?

Where can I spend a week in nature recovering from past trauma and healing with like-minded folks? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice at 7:58 PM PST - 15 comments

New Tenant Welcome Basket

We finally got our apartments rented to awesome seeming tenants! I want to put together a "welcome home" basket for them for when they move in. What should I include? [more inside]
posted by Suffocating Kitty at 7:00 PM PST - 42 comments

Recommend a personal CRM tool

I'm looking for a CRM-type tool to track my professional relationships. I'm looking for something that I can use to capture notes on my interactions so I can quickly refresh myself on my history with someone or search to find who I talked with X about. Free or cheap (<$50) strongly preferred; Mac or online. [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek at 5:05 PM PST - 13 comments

office move - how to?

I am coordinating an office move to a new space. We have a lot of equipment to pack and move. I don't know how I should coordinate the packing of all the equipment. Should I have each employee bubble wrap their equipment,or hire a service that would pack, move, unpack, and set up desktop monitors? I need recommendations and tips. Thank you.
posted by quasicalligraphic at 2:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Best Local Radio Stations - TuneIn

I got an Echo Dot and it has basically solved all my radio problems! (i.e., that my two local NPRs switched to all-talk and put jazz and classical on internet-only substations.) Now I am super-excited that I can listen to "local" radio from anywhere in the world! Tell me your best stations, preferences inside. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 2:32 PM PST - 27 comments

Renting a cheap Linux server?

PHP! Apache! MySQL! Linux! I'm getting into fooling around with those things on my home computer and now want to expand my playtime on a external server. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:15 PM PST - 17 comments

Name this movie?

The story was about two kids, a brother and a sister, who live out in a cabin in the wilderness. Their parents are either dead or missing- so they are fending for themselves out there. I think they try to keep it a secret that they have no parents.
posted by tunewell at 12:26 PM PST - 11 comments

Adrift without art

For over 13 years I've wanted nothing more than to be an illustrator, and have spent most of my free time diligently working towards that goal. Lately, though, I've been coming to grips with the fact that I'm just not that good--certainly, I'll never be good enough to work as a professional illustrator. Without that goal, my life feels completely aimless. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:17 PM PST - 29 comments

Norse language and writing: Elder Futhark runes vs. Old Norse language

I'd like to better understand the difference in language between runic alphabets (specifically Elder Futhark) and more "written" languages like Old Norse, which is what I believe old manuscripts like the Prose Edda were written in. [more inside]
posted by wubbie at 11:47 AM PST - 7 comments

Reverse sitting position

Is there a position (or several added together) I can (relatively) comfortably watch TV in that are the reverse of the computer sitting position? Basically a set of positions where I don't have to support myself but can just relax for an extended time. [more inside]
posted by lemonade at 11:18 AM PST - 19 comments

Simplify my work tops, dressy jeans edition

I can now wear dressy jeans to work. Do these kind of tops exist? - Reasonably warm in cold offices - Appropriate for non-winter seasons (e.g., not a turtleneck sweater) - Machine washable, non-iron - Work for small chested, standard sizes - Don't need to tuck them in - Don't need multiple layers to look nice (e.g., collared blouse plus sweater) Favorites? [more inside]
posted by typecloud at 10:58 AM PST - 20 comments

Tutorials / Algorithms / Software for Federated Services

The FPP about the federated microblogging service Mastodon has sparked my interest in how a very large federated service might function. [more inside]
posted by Nonce at 10:26 AM PST - 3 comments

Attacked by mystery bug. What bit me and how worried should I be?

I know this will largely be a waiting game now, but I'm really curious what your opinions are regarding recent bites I got. [more inside]
posted by monologish at 10:15 AM PST - 18 comments

Way down in popomo

What comes after postmodernism? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:14 AM PST - 14 comments

Odd growths on young elm - what is it?

Small "clumps" of growth on young elm tree - what are they? Photos etc after the drop. [more inside]
posted by rudd135 at 10:01 AM PST - 6 comments

Middle-Aged Woman Trying To Date Seeks App Recommendations

As I have mentioned in a prior question, I'm 45, and recently out of a twenty-year marriage, and trying to date (men). I've been on OK Cupid, Tinder, and Bumble, and kind of hate them all: Tinder and Bumble because I have no idea how to pick through people based on so little text, and OK Cupid just hasn't produced results that have made me happy (a certain number of first dates, but I haven't made it past the second date with anyone appealing.) Are there apps/sites/services/whatever more specifically aimed at the boringly middle-aged, preferably optimized for overeducated liberals/leftists? [more inside]
posted by LizardBreath at 9:43 AM PST - 9 comments

Letting go

I have a really tenacious, obsessive streak... How do I let go of things that don't matter? [more inside]
posted by Crookshanks_Meow at 9:24 AM PST - 3 comments

What are your favorite record shops worldwide that still do mail order?

I've been collecting new and used records, CDs, tapes, etc. for as long as I can remember. I'm looking for stores all over the world that still do a great mail order business, via internet, of course. Preferably, these stores also have physical shop so I can visit when I travel. [more inside]
posted by brokeaspoke at 9:12 AM PST - 15 comments

Castlevania IRL?

Is there a way to easily track how much of a given neighbourhood one has walked? My inner completionist loves to get to 100%. When I go to a park, I try to walk down every path and explore every nook. I use the dinky little maps to make sure I've gotten everywhere. I'd love to track my daily wanderings like this, but digitally. I don't need step counting or distance per trip. I'd prefer it if it could be offline or at least minimal data usage.
posted by Trifling at 8:32 AM PST - 14 comments

Name this book: lefty book on finance, debt, economics...

Sometime between about 2006 and 2012 I was given a nonfiction book that dealt, at least in part, with the idea that an economy must be built on unlimited future growth. I gave it to a friend and now I can't remember title or author. [more inside]
posted by Miko at 6:57 AM PST - 10 comments

Stanley Kubrick oversaw all of the promotion for one of his films?

A while back I remember reading an article that Kubrick was heavily involved in making sure all the promotion for one of his films was in keeping with 'his vision'. I can't find it or any mention of him being in control of the publicity artwork etc. There are mentions of him vetoing Saul Bass poster designs for The Shining but seemingly no mention of him being in charge of the whole thing. Can anyone help me out and point me in the direction of some information about this please? (I'm doing very badly at Google here. Sorry)
posted by sam and rufus at 5:49 AM PST - 8 comments

how did interest in savings accounts work before computers were around?

how did interest in savings accounts work before computers or calculators were commonly available? was it calculated by hand? what was the process like? did savings accounts even accrue interest historically?
posted by and they trembled before her fury at 5:39 AM PST - 18 comments

I like using cash over credit card

In some countries, cash is used much, much more frequently than credit (or even debit) cards are. After having lived in a place where that is the case, I realize that I enjoy using cash instead of credit card. Am I a fool to use cash over credit card in my daily life? [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit at 4:30 AM PST - 36 comments

April 4

What do you call this job?

Asking for a co-worker. She doesn't know what to call her spouse's job. It includes events, IT, media, and more. [more inside]
posted by Gotanda at 11:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Help setting up high school computer program / club.

Two high schools in my community have fairly modern computer centres. I'd like to help setup a program that would increase the use of these computer centres to help kids improve computer skills and lead some to careers in web/software development. [more inside]
posted by Gomez_in_the_South at 10:10 PM PST - 3 comments

A friendship conundrum

I was told a close friend has the feels for my boyfriend. Looking back, her behaviour now makes a lot of sense. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by milque at 9:26 PM PST - 28 comments

Sickly McSick face

I have been getting sick with alarming frequency this year. Please help me talk to my doctor about this. [more inside]
posted by Amy93 at 8:14 PM PST - 12 comments

Please explain the mortgage interest deduction to me

First-time (potential) homebuyer here. I'm trying to figure out how the mortgage interest tax deduction affects my monthly budget. Snowflake-y details inside. [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty at 8:03 PM PST - 21 comments

Microsoft word going crazy on mac!

I have OS 10X El Capitan version 10.11.6 on my Macbook if that matters. I have an important writing deadline tonight (of course). Every time I open a document in microsoft word tonight, EVERY SINGLE DOCUMENT opens in a giant dominoes pile on top of the thing I'm writing. Literally thousands of documents open one after the other. These are things I have not opened in years. THey were not open when I started -- it is just opening everything. Help! [more inside]
posted by flourpot at 5:36 PM PST - 5 comments

what would be a good wordpress theme for serious writers?

Can you recommend a good wordpress theme (or other tool) to build a personal blog that contains really long form writing: book chapters, or long academic articles? I like Medium's style but it is not all about the look. Table of content is a must. [more inside]
posted by dliang at 5:31 PM PST - 2 comments

Rusty kitchen implements?

I just noticed that my cheap, low-quality cheese grater is rusting quickly. Are there any health risks to using rusting (and probably flaking) kitchen implements, or is it smarter to just replace it as a precaution?
posted by Dip Flash at 5:19 PM PST - 16 comments

I need Ambiguous Names (and more!)

I am looking for names that are ambiguous or even misleading in some way. I am primarily interested in ethnically ambiguous names. [more inside]
posted by Michele in California at 5:04 PM PST - 91 comments

Help this trans man swim!

I'm looking for a better solution for a top for swimming (both laps and just playing). What should I wear? Difficulty level: sensitive skin (but no binding needed). [more inside]
posted by lab.beetle at 4:30 PM PST - 15 comments

Landlords selling. I earn $40k a year in DC. Suggestions?

My landlords decided recently to sell the house we're living in, so effective May 31, I'll have to find someplace else to live. Snowflake details/reasons inside why this is difficult for me. [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude at 4:00 PM PST - 12 comments

Very painful blood draw - what happened? What care should I take?

I went to my doctor's office for a routine blood test to check on my iron levels. The instant the needle pricked my skin it was an extremely sharp pain. It hurt badly the entire time (only one small vial) and then after she took it out, it still hurt really bad as I tried to continue on with my day. The draw site still twinges with pain. Normally I don't feel anything at all when I have blood drawn, but wow, this hurt bad... More below. [more inside]
posted by AppleTurnover at 3:55 PM PST - 17 comments

Should bring up a lack of contact between dates with stressed boyfriend?

Everything is going wonderfully between my boyfriend & I except he is pretty quiet between seeing each other/dates. Should I accept him as is or can I bring it up in a way that doesn't attack him while trying to meet my needs? [more inside]
posted by Kat_Dubs at 3:52 PM PST - 14 comments

Got Groped in Mental Hospital...What Retribution?

While staying in a psych ward for depression, I was sexually groped by a male patient, staff was non-responsive/blocked police contact. What can I do for retribution? Women - what has made you feel better/what did you do with the rage after an assault where nothing was done? [more inside]
posted by Kombucha3452 at 3:46 PM PST - 7 comments

What makes your previous generations funny?

I'm curious about humorous stereotypes about older generations, outside of the US and the UK. A bit more information is inside. [more inside]
posted by Kutsuwamushi at 1:59 PM PST - 3 comments

Cool Mastodon.social instances?

After reading this Sarah Jeong article, I'm interested in giving Mastodon.social a try. However, the "primary" instance is not accepting new registrations at the moment. Do any MeFites belong to (or know of) an interesting Mastodon instance that shares the values of MetaFilter and the community Jeong describes in her article?
posted by tobascodagama at 1:55 PM PST - 13 comments

I moved. My stuff is still 800 miles away.

I didn't have the resources to move my stuff when I moved to Omaha from Ohio last summer. I have a 10x12 storage unit there and I need to get it from NE Ohio to Omaha, and I want to do it as inexpensively as possible, but I'm not actually in Ohio to do things like packing it up myself. How do I find a low-cost long-distance mover generally and how do I deal with things like "we need to see it to give you an estimate" when I'm 800 miles away? [more inside]
posted by Sequence at 1:33 PM PST - 9 comments

Identify the mystery objects taken from a friend's doggie's intestines.

Hi. My friend's dog had surgery to extract three foreign objects from her digestive track. They cannot identify the objects and would like to know what they are dealing with. They look like jacks wrapped inside a bag with a drawstring. Photo #1 close up. Photo #2 with ruler for scale NB: They are not jacks. More specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic at 1:13 PM PST - 37 comments

Help me find a short story about scissors that cut anything

It is about a boy whose parents leave him home alone one day. A salesman comes to the house and sells the boy some scissors that can cut anything. The boy spends the afternoon cutting various things in his house into small pieces. I can't remember how it ends! [more inside]
posted by barracuda at 1:04 PM PST - 4 comments

Solo horror / fantasy card games?

I've been kicking around buying Dungeoneer: Tomb of the Lich Lord to play solo when the gaming urge hits and my Arkham Horror group can't get together. Looking for feedback from folks that have played on their own, and also suggestions of other (maybe better) games of this type for solo play. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 11:47 AM PST - 7 comments

Just HOW crazy is the eclipse viewing going to be?

I was planning to drive with my mother down to see the eclipse in Oregon, but the discussion here has got me rather intimidated. If we stay in Pendleton and try to drive south into the totality area on the morning of the eclipse, are we just going to be stuck in zombie-apocalypse level traffic jam? [more inside]
posted by The otter lady at 11:45 AM PST - 4 comments

access rtsp stream via onvif-s client app

I have a camera that can outputs a rtsp stream, and an ios client app that can view an onvif-s camera. lets get them together! [more inside]
posted by slagerst at 11:42 AM PST - 0 comments

I need a Star Trek poster for boyfriend

Specifically a poster that shows TNG, DS9, and VOY. Can include TOS and ENT. [more inside]
posted by INFJ at 11:25 AM PST - 4 comments

The Ethics of Dating and General Questions

I've recently started dating again after a LTR. I want to be fair to other people as well as myself. Details inside [more inside]
posted by kbbbo at 11:05 AM PST - 9 comments

We ride at midnight, Manhattan in the distance...

We are doing a crazy stupid travel thing tomorrow just to see a show on Broadway. I would like your opinions on the best of a number of insane travel options: [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 11:01 AM PST - 18 comments

Most danceable salsa tunes ever

Question for someone who is learning salsa "informally" in a group setting, where people were asked to bring in salsa playlists (Spotify). I wouldn't know what makes certain kinds more danceable than others (slower, faster, ?, etc.), and thus consult the hive mind. Thanks in advance for your recommendations.
posted by subajestad at 10:57 AM PST - 1 comment

Bed frame w middle support: will it wreck all mattresses?

My wife and I have a West Elm wooden bed frame with a center support down the middle of the bed and wooden slats. It is in great shape: no sagging. We have an expensive mattress that, over the past two years, has developed a mountain in the middle and two valleys on the sides. This mattress is killing both of our backs. Did we just get a bum mattress, or, will this frame kill all mattresses in the same way?
posted by cgs at 8:43 AM PST - 25 comments

Toronto walking tours of the specific or interesting

I'll be visiting Toronto next month with my partner and would love to find some interesting walking tours. We're not interested in a general intro tour of the entire city, but instead, tours focusing on a particular area or subject. [more inside]
posted by carbide at 8:15 AM PST - 9 comments

List of current Bill O'Reilly advertisers

People who are horrified by news that Bill O'Reilly remains in his highly paid job after Fox has paid off the women he has harassed need a list of the companies currently advertising on the O'Reilly Factor to shame them into removing their financial support for his show. Does anyone have access the the list?
posted by grahahw at 8:05 AM PST - 6 comments

How Do I Food?

I CONSISTENTLY struggle with everything involved in the realm of feeding myself: meal planning, grocery shopping, preparing/cooking food, making healthy food choices, getting the right nutrients into my body… all of it. I am a grown up and should have this sorted, but I just don’t and it’s time to admit it. How do I get this basic life skill? [more inside]
posted by carlypennylane at 8:03 AM PST - 51 comments

another 'how do I buy a car?' question

How do I negotiate and order a vehicle? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 7:29 AM PST - 16 comments

Low Caffeine Drink

What do you recommend for someone who can't handle coffee or green tea yet wants a drink with a touch of caffeine? Prefer something healthy.
posted by zzazazz at 7:18 AM PST - 25 comments

Looking for executive coach - DC

I love my job and I have been with my company for over 10 years, with good reviews and regular direct work with top management. There have been snowflakey developments that have unnerved me and that make it more difficult to do my job. Can anyone recommend an executive coach in the DC area who can help me sort through what is happening and figure out how to address it?
posted by marguerite at 6:53 AM PST - 3 comments

Wrong name on mother's death certificate?

My mother died last week, and I have noticed a little detail that I am not sure I should bring up. Her first and middle name on the death certificate are both not what was on her birth certificate. Should I bring this up to other family members? [more inside]
posted by seasparrow at 6:53 AM PST - 13 comments

I could use a little help organizing my photos...

,My camera is my iphone. I use it primarily to capture images of pretty things I see as I go about my time. I also use my camera to edit pictures but would like to use my other devices and edit on those as well. I'm looking for a solution that will allow me to 1. Take a picture with my phone 2. Be able to open that picture on any of my other devices i.e. Ipad, laptop ,desktop 3 . Edit on my device and then save the edited picture in a chosen folder I would like my entire organized library of photos to be synced across all devices. After I store the edited photo. I would like the photo image to disappear from the main library view. This is where Apple photo misses for me
posted by citybuddha at 5:55 AM PST - 3 comments

How to respond to a failed salary negotiation?

I got a job offer that I countered, and the employer said they were unable to increase the salary. What's a good way to respond? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:17 AM PST - 27 comments

if you're lonely you can talk to me

I'd like to volunteer to help by talking to people in emotional trouble, either by text or by phone. Here's the thing: it's probably because I'm a person in emotional trouble. I don't know if this is right or good of me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:16 AM PST - 11 comments

April 3

How to revive a dead conversation?

I'm currently looking for a new job, and am trying to network. I was contacted, or I contacted people about some perfect opportunities arose, but the conversations with those people went cold. How can I revive these conversations without sounding desperate? [more inside]
posted by iamcrispy at 11:53 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for road bike buying advice

I'm looking for a new road bike--ideally one that is good enough that I'll have no need to upgrade or replace it any time soon, but not some insanely expensive racing machine either. [more inside]
posted by pdq at 10:53 PM PST - 12 comments

'Excuse me' different in British & American English?

I just had a confusing interaction with a stranger on a train. I was sitting in a seat with a table & a man sat in the seat across the table from me. As he sat his feet bumped me mine & he said 'Excuse me'. His tone was ambiguous so I asked him (pleasantly, I thought) whether he meant, 'I apologise' or 'Please will you move your feet over a bit.' He reacted as if he didn't understand the question & even when I explained, still appeared not to understand what I was asking & implied I was being aggressive. This was very surprising in the very quiet & polite atmosphere of a British early morning commuter train. However he had an American accent, so I am wondering if in American English the phrase 'Excuse me' doesn't have these 2 possible meanings?
posted by cantthinkofagoodname at 10:52 PM PST - 24 comments

Puppy to Dog Aggression - 7m old attacking 2y old

Two days ago, puppy attacked dog. Aggressive growls from puppy, biting, lunging, and lots of noise. I safely got them apart with a lot of screaming on my part. I start searching for reasons - was there food, was my 12 year old human too close to one, was the cat around? Nothing. I figured I just missed something, and they worked it out. Yesterday evening it happened again. [more inside]
posted by TauLepton at 8:17 PM PST - 11 comments

Big little lies (spoiler alerts!) - Need a trigger warning

Can someone tell me which episodes of Big Little Lies have rape scenes [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume at 7:23 PM PST - 6 comments

Adventurous seniors and living on the cheap

My dad (81) and my stepmom (71) want to sell their house in Florida and live on the cheap -- possibly in an RV traveling around the US (and Mexico?), staying for a couple months maybe in a place. Love to have your advice on how they could live cheaply and travel too. [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks at 5:06 PM PST - 17 comments

What kind of chair is this?

I sat in this chair at the National Arboretum. Who makes it? Where can I buy one? What are some similar chairs? Does this style have a name?
posted by phrontist at 4:48 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I find a lawyer who is LGBT, not just LGBT friendly?

I am looking for a lawyer to help with starting a non-profit foundation in California and navigating the taxes and regulations around it. It'll be geared broadly toward social justice and particularly resources for creating sustainable communities, with a focus on helping marginalized populations. Ideally the lawyer would be part of one (or more) of the groups the founders are part of: lgbt, disabled, people of color. [more inside]
posted by HermitDog at 4:29 PM PST - 10 comments

So an attorney, a CFP and an accountant walk into a coffee shop ...

No, but really, I need one of each of these (CFP = Certified Financial Planner) because of age and medical circumstances. My will is okay but kinda out of date, I need to update the Living Will/Health Care Proxy, Springing Power of Atty, discuss DNR. And the broker and CFP assigned to me at a financial institution are making me so tense because ... I need to make decisions about money; and, of course, they would like to keep it in-house and I don't know if that's the best deal for me right now for REASONS. [more inside]
posted by alwayson_slightlyoff at 4:08 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I actually wear a high necked bra without looking crazy?

I recently bought a gorgeous high necked bra and I have no idea how to wear the damn thing. What kind of shirt/dress should I wear it with so I don't look ridiculous but I'm also not completely covering it up? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 3:37 PM PST - 15 comments

Less than 200USD PC Monitor or TV

I'm in the market for a new monitor or smart TV that can function as a monitor only. There are too many options for the bare-bones version I want, so I thought AskMe could help narrow the choices down. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight at 3:16 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I reject a dinner date without it making things awkward?

Like probably a lot of women, I've had issues with men not taking kind rejection very well. How can I avoid this? [more inside]
posted by bearam at 3:11 PM PST - 20 comments

How can we investigate cause of kid's gassy poop while waiting for MD?

We're talking radioactive ammonia stink and a toilet bowl that looks like an explosion, every single time he goes. Smelly, gassy, poopy details inside (click at your own risk!) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:07 PM PST - 12 comments

A magical fruit, you say?

As a lady hailing from semi-rural western canada, I have had chili, baked beans, and refried beans a couple times. I go to the grocery store, and there is a veritable Hill of Beans that I don't have the slightest clue what to do with! So please, good people of the green, pour some sugar beans on me. [more inside]
posted by euphoria066 at 3:05 PM PST - 28 comments

Where to go on a getaway from central NJ with a baby

Where to go on a getaway from central NJ with a baby? [more inside]
posted by cali59 at 2:20 PM PST - 7 comments

What are these man-made structures in the South China Sea?

location 1, location 2
posted by cyclicker at 2:15 PM PST - 6 comments

MLB Advanced Media Filter: How to listen to yesterday's game today?

Happy Opening Day! Unsurprisingly, neither FAQ's nor a phone call with customer service, nor the emailed follow-up to that conversation has given me an intelligible answer to this question: Is it possible to listen to yesterday's Dodgers radio broadcast today on my iPhone or computer today? [more inside]
posted by bluejayway at 1:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Where can I find a secluded, but with amenities, campsite in the PNW?

We are trying to go family camping. Daughter wants a real bathroom with running water. Husband wants to not be pressed right up against other humans. How to find the porridge that is just right? [more inside]
posted by corb at 12:59 PM PST - 11 comments

San Diego / La Jolla beachy babymoon suggestions

We'll be spending a week in La Jolla in mid-May - suggestions for things to do / places to eat at? [more inside]
posted by peacheater at 12:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Resources on Design Psychology

I was a psych major way back when in undergrad, and one area that always interested me was design psychology--the use of psychological principles as applied to services, goods, institutions, etc. Right now, I keep up with this field by random encounters with articles in newspapers, blogs, and magazines. I'd like to keep closer tabs. Do you know any websites/blogs/journals/etc devoted to the topic? RSS would be ideal, a mailing list would be OK.
posted by benbenson at 12:07 PM PST - 6 comments

annotating maps of cities

Looking for software for annotating maps, not cloud based, that will let me zoom in and out, add flags/notes/icons to specific locations on street maps (or other images), and print out maps at arbitrary resolution. [more inside]
posted by amtho at 12:04 PM PST - 9 comments

My house smells like a litter box. Please help.

We have two cats (obligatory pic here) and they are trained to use the litter box and do so. The problem is that the smell from said box emanates all through the house. We clean it once a day and use Tidy Cats litter. How do I get the litter box smell to be gone? [more inside]
posted by tafetta, darling! at 11:56 AM PST - 45 comments

Finely-scented Cthulhu

Where can I find a Buddha's hand citron in NYC at this time of year? [more inside]
posted by taltalim at 11:38 AM PST - 8 comments

Mediterranean Road Trip?

We're finally taking a trip to Spain--11 full days, with the idea of hitting at least Madrid, Grenada and Barcelona. But we've gotten it into our heads that it might be nice to road trip along the Mediterranean from Grenada to Barcelona rather than go back to Madrid and take the train. Is this crazy? [more inside]
posted by thecaddy at 11:24 AM PST - 5 comments

Identify this pretty green leafy plant!

Does anyone know what plant this is? I've asked plant-inclined friends and googled, but to fruitless result. If you know, help a lady out!
posted by zestful at 10:14 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me watch Eclipse 2017 near Portland OR

My family wants to see the 2017 eclipse. I'd ideally like to be within a reasonable drive of Portland OR (specifically Hillsboro) for the weekend of Aug 19-20. Help me figure out how? [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes at 9:47 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I cope with a lack of silence?

Taking a road trip with a friend who is very chatty confirmed for me how much I enjoy the spaciousness of silence. I am the least chatty person I know, unless I can discuss politics/religion/humanism/etc. with people who do not have to share my beliefs. I have a child, so I will need to learn to tolerate talking better. Help me figure out how. [more inside]
posted by crunchy potato at 9:04 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me find affordable medical insurance in a red state.

We are at a loss as to what to do concerning our medical insurance and need some options for elderly business owners living in a red state. [more inside]
posted by raisingsand at 8:48 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me work out one-handed!

I'm a pretty serious weightlifter, but under doctor's orders I can't do any exercise that involves my right hand for the next month. How can I turn this in to an opportunity? [more inside]
posted by Itaxpica at 8:05 AM PST - 7 comments

Are rocks a non-renewable resource?

Is there any case for defining rocks and minerals as a non-renewable resource? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 7:37 AM PST - 8 comments

Tell me about peer to peer lending as an investor

I received a moderate amount of cash recently that is currently just sitting in my savings account. I would like to use this money towards a down payment on a house in the next 1 - 2 years (maybe longer), but have no immediate need for it. I'm looking into short-term investments that may be able to make a little money, and I'm considering peer to peer lending. [more inside]
posted by tryniti at 7:22 AM PST - 12 comments

Bulk transfer of all messages from iphone 5S to Mac

My phone is running out of storage space and I have more than 1GB of stored imessages. How can I most easily transfer them all to a Mac, so that I can choose the setting of only keeping messages for a short while to free up space and still not lose them? Any other tips for freeing up storage on the iphone are welcome, too. [more inside]
posted by meijusa at 6:28 AM PST - 7 comments

An inconsequential question about ribbed trim on cotton knits

Every single thin cotton knit item I've ever owned does this incredibly annoying thing where it gets strong creases horizontally along the bottom ribbed trim - like this. WHY? [more inside]
posted by cilantro at 6:08 AM PST - 9 comments

What's she just seen that's so off-putting?

Scene three of this TV ad (starting at 0:11) has me baffled. The daughter of the house has had a bath or a shower, and is about to dry her hair. She opens the door to what I assume is her own bedroom, sees candles, ties and bathrobes there, reacts with horror and steps straight outside again. The suggestion is that she's seen something disturbing in there, and wants to avoid a closer encounter with it. Perhaps I'm just being dim, but I do not understand what situation we're supposed to infer from this scene. [more inside]
posted by Paul Slade at 5:51 AM PST - 34 comments

Meeting my new sibling....

I have recently discovered I have an older half-sister, and would love advice on how to go about this. [more inside]
posted by easily confused at 5:41 AM PST - 12 comments

Should we adopt an overweight cat?

My partner and I are looking to adopt a cat, and just met a lovely one at the shelter. She's a mellow lap cat who loves to be pet. But she's also noticeably overweight and I'm worried about possible health complications. Should we adopt her and try to help her slim down, or keep looking? [more inside]
posted by oiseau at 5:21 AM PST - 28 comments

Hip dysplasia in cats - care and treatment

Sir Kanoko of Floof the Maine Coon turns nine this year, and has been getting noticeably stiffer in his hind legs. While he might "just" have arthritis, I'd like to know more about hip dysplasia in cats so I can be prepared at the vet this weekend. [more inside]
posted by fraula at 5:09 AM PST - 1 comment

I need to keep track of all the culture I wanna experience

You know when a friend says "You should watch the tv show X", or you read a music review of an album and think to yourself "I should really listen to that album Y". How do you guys keep track of that stuff so you don't forget it? I feel like a need an app or something. [more inside]
posted by gkhan at 4:26 AM PST - 21 comments

why are bureaucracies bloated?

I'm in Indonesia trying to finish up all the paperwork necessary to conduct research here for a year. The process is a nightmare — each step requires more letters, more signatories, caverns of formalities and stamps, photocopies of previously-acquired documents. But it's fascinating -- how do such bloated, inefficient systems come about?
posted by mrmanvir at 4:22 AM PST - 13 comments

I now pronounce you Iron Man and WiFE

Six years ago I got married to teaspoon. Every year since I've asked your advice on anniversaries. That time has come again. Please join me in thinking about activities that could even remotely tangentially be related to Iron. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 4:07 AM PST - 24 comments

New Zealand Honeymoon logistics + Easter

Is the Coromandel too busy at Easter time? Should we head to Matamata instead? [more inside]
posted by freethefeet at 12:30 AM PST - 8 comments

April 2

Help us play together

My daughter is turning 12 this month and we have been browsing the board game store but find the choice too overwhelming. Can you help us find a game that 3 people can play together? [more inside]
posted by Youremyworld at 11:38 PM PST - 44 comments

What is this old school kind of brushy font?

I know I used to see this font on the cover of, say, Boy Scouts manuals, or old books, etc. I feel like I should know what it is! But I can't remember. [more inside]
posted by cacophony at 8:52 PM PST - 3 comments

Why doesn't my phone ring?

Why am I seeing calls on my phone even though the phone hasn't 'rung'? [more inside]
posted by LonnieK at 8:10 PM PST - 11 comments

Looking for Inuit proverbs or quoatations

I'm designing an illustrated book of Inuit folk tales for a university project, and I'm looking for an Inuit proverb or quotation to put at the beginning of the book, preferably in the original language (with translation). The stories in the book are very dark and bloody, so I'm looking for something in that vein. [more inside]
posted by Chenko at 7:58 PM PST - 5 comments

Career question: museum and math edition

I'm about to graduate with a master's in museum studies. I'm doing a master's project on lesson plans highlighting the math within art pieces at a specific museum. My undergraduate background is not math, but I've become interested in learning more math. [more inside]
posted by azalea_chant at 7:24 PM PST - 4 comments

Fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt in one step?

(I can't believe I'm asking this, because I think I know the answer, but...) Can I put fruit preserves in the same jar I culture yogurt in and have it result in something delicious? Or must I put fruit preserves in the yogurt after culturing is done? Could I add syrup or herbs to yogurt as it cultures, or must I do that afterwards?
posted by blnkfrnk at 7:02 PM PST - 8 comments

70s or 80s movie/character trivia

Does anyone remember a movie from the 70s or 80s, Bad News Bears-like in the sense that it was about a group of misfits, with a character named 'no toe' who lost his toe when it got severed by his bike chain, and before he could pick it up a dog ate it? I remember the kid as Hawaiian, or Tongan, something like that. I've been searching all day with no results.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 7:01 PM PST - 4 comments

6 hour layover in Helsinki. No hydraulic press. What to do?

I have a six-hour daytime layover in Helsinki next Thursday. What should I do/buy/eat while I'm there? [more inside]
posted by nat at 6:47 PM PST - 7 comments

BikeFilter: trailer hitch or hatchback/wagon?

It's new-car time for my quiver and me. Will I hate life with a trailer hitch? Late-spring snowstorm inside. [more inside]
posted by Dashy at 5:30 PM PST - 13 comments

Using old CenturyLink modem with new Comcast service

I've got a CenturyLink (C2000T) modem from a few years ago - it was retired after moving into an apartment where utilities were provided. I'm moving again and my internet will be provided by Comcast and I'd like to use it again. [more inside]
posted by lalunamel at 4:24 PM PST - 5 comments

looking for soaps and seashell soap dish

I am looking for this item to gift a friend who loves mermaids. when I lived in Chicago there was a little shop that has since closed on Southport ave I bought this item there and am trying to find it again. What I am looking for is a shell dish soap holder. It was very simple- oyster or mother of pearl, and I also bought these little hand soaps that went in the sheall, the soaps looked like pearls bc they were in the seashell. they were black and white and you would use one to wash your hands- I call them pearls but I cannot find them online. they look like those little beads in the bubble teas. thanks!
posted by TRUELOTUS at 4:21 PM PST - 5 comments

Travel advice for Boise, please!

Hi everyone! I have more travel coming up to a new place soon and as usual I am seeking your fabulous advice. The new location is Boise, Idaho. I will put what I am looking for and the ways I am a special snowflake under the cut. [more inside]
posted by bile and syntax at 4:08 PM PST - 7 comments

Fast movin', hard chargin' women

My playlist is man-heavy. I need women who move. So far I have Marcia Ball (and more of her on hold at the library.) She's the best example of what I mean. [more inside]
posted by BostonTerrier at 3:25 PM PST - 41 comments

Budget for upstairs (attic) remodel?

We'd like to partial-gut-remodel two bedrooms and a bathroom on the attic/upstairs level of our house. (This level was converted into its current shape recently and very badly by the flippers who sold us the house). How much would this cost, roughly? Deets after the jump. [more inside]
posted by splitpeasoup at 3:17 PM PST - 13 comments

Don't know what to do in moving situation, think I hurt my best friend

My best friend has to move out of her current apartment she's renting from a friend as her and his girlfriend will be moving into the place in the beginning of May. [more inside]
posted by readygo at 3:06 PM PST - 8 comments

Identify this flash game

Back pre iPhone there was a flash game, it had finding/matching/swiping(?) of animals(?) or other cutesy-face things in a candy-crush like grid. Did it have the word "farm" in the title? Perhaps. If it wasn't an Orisinal game, it's very much of that generation/feel. Am on iOS, so screenshots are preferable to actual flash links. Des this ring any bells?
posted by Iteki at 1:08 PM PST - 6 comments

What the heck is my body doing now?

I've been experiencing some unusual fatigue and occasional blips of pain. For the past 3 or 4 weeks, things like walking a slightly uphill block (that I normally walk every day) feels like more work than usual. As do minor tasks like doing laundry and cooking a meal. [more inside]
posted by bunderful at 1:04 PM PST - 13 comments

Book suggestions needed

Looking for books suitable for 10-12 year-old girls about American settlers and pioneers, the experience of Native Americans during the that time, or the American West in general. [more inside]
posted by pandabearjohnson at 12:49 PM PST - 15 comments

Gardeners of MeFi, help! Raised bed or not for vegetable garden?

We are preparing to put a vegetable garden in our new house. Dimensions will be approximately 20 x 40'. I'm sure there's a better place to ask this, but I can't figure out where, and we need to get going on the project! Do you think it would be better to till the soil and supplement, or put in raised beds? [more inside]
posted by zibra at 12:42 PM PST - 16 comments

"The bitten cherry or the apple core"

About a decade ago, an early music group -- possibly the Medieval Baebes -- sang a post-medieval encore that I can't find a whisper of. The line I think I remember is "The orchard didn't know if it was planted for/ The bitten cherry or the apple core." Can anyone identify this?
posted by clew at 12:16 PM PST - 2 comments

How was this orangutan magic card trick done?

Seen here, how was this trick done? Non-magic answer please. ;) [more inside]
posted by Snuffman at 11:12 AM PST - 1 comment

queen-sized daybed?

I'm looking for a queen-sized bed frame that has the "headboard" on the long side of the bed, so essentially a queen-sized daybed. I am having little luck finding this online! Metafilter, can you help me? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia at 10:54 AM PST - 3 comments

Brisket alternative for Passover

I was super excited to make this recipe for sweet and sour brisket on Smitten Kitchen for Passover - until I started pricing the amount of brisket necessary to feed 9-10 people. I'd prefer not to shell out a hundred bucks for the main dish, so I'm wondering if there's a way cheaper cut of beef that would work well enough in this slow cooked method (I'm thinking the beef version of pork shoulder if there is such a thing). I should also add that I am welcome to suggestions for budget brisket in Queens!
posted by Neely O'Hara at 10:44 AM PST - 14 comments

Advice please for first trip to Kennedy Space Center this May (2 adults)

My wife and I will be at Disney World the first week of May (driving down) and intend to visit Kennedy Space Center (Sun May 7th & Mon May 8th) on the way back home. I have reviewed the advice at these 2013 and 2010 AskMeFIs, but was hoping for more recent advice (passage of years, new administration). More details follow. [more inside]
posted by forthright at 10:34 AM PST - 5 comments

A one-panel comic of the "research process" from a year or so ago...

...was making the rounds on academic-ish social media. I think it was set up as a cutaway view of a house. The attic was messy heaps of stuff showing initial studies, messy data, etc. At the bottom (the basement) was some depiction of the tidy result of all this mess - a research paper. [more inside]
posted by pantarei70 at 10:32 AM PST - 4 comments

Events in the North East April 15-16th

Mrs. Pyro and I have an opportunity to get away for the weekend on April 15-16 in the north east. Any neat events anyone can call out so we can figure out where to drive to? Home base is north NJ.
posted by pyro979 at 10:29 AM PST - 4 comments

Identify this fairly recent alternative rock song I heard at Panera

I've heard this song before (it's probably from 2015 or later), but I can never figure out the artist or title. It's an alternative rock song with a male singer, and the main instrument is probably a guitar. The chorus/hook centers around the phrase "we're running high", "water running high", or something like that - nothing rang a bell when I searched for those lyrics. One of the verses also has the line "off to the races" or something similar. I tried to transcribe the chorus: Link. It is not "Hell or High Water" Bullet For My Valentine (way less distortion in the mystery song).
posted by Seeking Direction at 9:59 AM PST - 12 comments

In Dictee by Theresa Cha, what is the origin of the handprint on pg 134?

See illustration here. [more inside]
posted by American Christmas Devil at 9:06 AM PST - 2 comments

how to handle anonymous sexual harassment complaints?

I'm involved with a serial event whose attendees sometimes report sexual harassment. Typically, they request that the organizers not identify them to the people they claim harassed them. This is a reasonable request which everyone would like to honor, but how to do that? I'm hoping the hive mind knows of some example procedures that this organization can study. [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang at 9:00 AM PST - 16 comments

How do you make your brain change gears?

Like a lot of people, I'm time poor and would like to get more stuff done with what free time I have: make that art, play that instrument, write that thing, etc. I don't waste much time per se, but in what I do have, the time it takes to switch between tasks and into the appropriate mental mode often negates actually getting much done, and this pattern can often discourage me from even trying. Do you have any tips/tricks for expediting switching between headspaces? [more inside]
posted by threecheesetrees at 7:33 AM PST - 19 comments

What are some easy, family-friendly campsites in Washington State?

Will be taking the family on a road trip across Washington state and into the Idaho panhandle this summer. We are mainly relying on Airbnb and the like for lodging, but would like to do some camping for a few nights. More details inside.... [more inside]
posted by clark at 7:15 AM PST - 4 comments

Need recommendations for women's gym shoes for physical therapy

My mother goes to physical therapy and wants some new gym shoes. She needs them so that she can walk on the treadmill and use the stationary bike. She also says that she needs them to offer arch support and she doesn't want to have to tie any laces to put them on. Her shoe size is 8W. A bonus would be if they came in vibrant colors. This is all a bit outside my expertise. Does the hive mind have any suggestions?
posted by Gosha_Dog at 5:43 AM PST - 8 comments

Generational space travel SF story/novel ID

Children aboard a generational spaceship find out the hard truth: their predecessors screwed up, they're trapped in the vicinity of a star, and they must try to make the best possible future out of it. Can you help me ID this story? [more inside]
posted by runcifex at 4:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Why does My Cat Mr. Chubs Squawk When I Sneeze (serious question)

Every morning, I get up, grab my coffee, sit on the sofa and stare at the internet for about 15 minutes before exercising (I am literally doing this right now). Every morning, after my second sip of coffee, I sneeze, twice. And without fail, my elder statesman cat, Mr. Chubs, is greatly alarmed by this and makes a squawking noise, twice. This is the only time he makes said squawking noise. He runs over and gives me the stinkeye until he's satisfied, then scampers off. What is this all about?
posted by yes I said yes I will Yes at 3:09 AM PST - 19 comments

Can I eat this: Yoghurt hack

Am I safely adding frozen berries and honey to my yoghurt or am I skirting the shoals of the salmonella sea? [more inside]
posted by esto-again at 2:38 AM PST - 9 comments

Getting to sleep without alcohol

I drink to fall asleep every night. I've had issues with insomnia forever, and am looking for other options than alcohol to avoid spending hours every night waiting to fall asleep. Snowflakey details after the fold. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:31 AM PST - 37 comments

Why can't these two talk to each other?

I have a 2014 MacBook Pro Retina, running OS 10.12 Sierra, and an Apple Remote (this model, not the Siri Remote). I cannot get the MacBook to recognize the Remote, no matter what I try. I don't have an Apple TV, or any other Macs in my apartment. What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by invisible ink at 1:28 AM PST - 3 comments

Would a CPU work if installed only into the 2nd socket instead of 1st?

Sorry for the over simplified question title.... I meant to ask: On a dual processor motherboard, would a CPU work if skipping the first socket and install into the 2ns socket? [more inside]
posted by lanhan at 12:56 AM PST - 4 comments

April 1

Washing laundry sans car

For the first time, I'm likely moving into an apartment without laundry in the building but at one community laundry center. I also don't drive. How should I carry my laundry, as it'll be a 5ish minute walk regardless and I'm used to using a laundry bag and awkwardly walking down stairs but there's gotta be a better solution.
posted by Aranquis at 7:34 PM PST - 27 comments

Global Entry for entry/return to/from Canada/US?

It's Saturday night. I'm flying to Buffalo tomorrow with plans to cross the border into Canada via car with a group of colleagues on Monday morning. I thought I had both my passport and my Global Entry card with me but it turns out that I only have the Global Entry card and can't get my passport in my hands in time for the planned border crossing. My colleagues will all have their passports. The Customs and Border Patrol website is pretty opaque about whether the Global Entry card will be sufficient for me to enter Canada and return to the U.S. Looking for anyone who can clarify whether the absence of a passport is likely to be a problem in either direction. Specific knowledge of the Peace Park border crossing gets extra points.
posted by Wisco72 at 7:00 PM PST - 8 comments

What Is My Money For?

I have a decent enough salary, money in the bank, and no debt. Now that it's time to upgrade my car, I am agonizing over whether what I need to spend to get the car I want is excessive, when I could get by on spending 1/2 as much. This is in turn leads me to wonder about what my philosophy really is - in terms of saving $$$'s - when it feels, like, "wrong" to spend it. [more inside]
posted by my log does not judge at 6:58 PM PST - 22 comments

Quick-to-prepare fingerfoods for vegan & gluten free crowd?

My friends often have social gatherings - about three a month, where we each bring one small plate of finger foods to serve 5-10 of us. One in our group is vegan, one is gluten free and I try to be sensitive to their needs but I only have an hour in between work and the gatherings, so no time to make something fancy or complicated. Hummus, chips, and grapes are often served, so those are out. I've brought nooch popcorn, vegan pesto, and, when the GF friend was not attending, homemade jam with bread (big hit!). What other ideas do you have? Ideas that can be prepared in advance are a plus.
posted by onecircleaday at 5:37 PM PST - 24 comments

What brand is this drink powder?

At home we add drink flavor packets to pitchers of water, and this one is a really good but random packet. We don't know where it came from; it was just stuffed into our jar of misc water flavorers. Can anyone recognize it/tell us where to buy it?
posted by taskmaster at 4:53 PM PST - 2 comments

Cooking for two who like doness on opposite sides of the spectrum?

My fiancee likes very well done meat, I like mine still mooing - how to cook a lamb roast? [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 at 4:33 PM PST - 10 comments

Shared laundry room- white residue problem

Lately when I wash dark clothes in my complex laundromat, I notice little spots where white residue ends up. I use clear liquid laundry detergent but I'm 99% sure its because the other people in our complex who share the laundry room are using powdered detergents that don't dissolve very well in the water, leaving old soap in the machine that ends up on my clothes. I can't get everyone to change what detergent they buy or clean the machine everytime before I do a load. Is there any other way I can solve this problem for myself?
posted by long haired child at 4:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Creative ways to give air travel as a gift

My best friend in the world has a birthday coming up. A few months ago I moved to a new city, after living within a mile of him for the past 7+ years. I'd like to give him air travel between our cities as a present, but.. [more inside]
posted by schroedingersgirl at 4:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Where to find live sets, bootlegs, etc. from indie bands??

Thanks to the now defunct site Elbo.ws, teenage me was able to download a whole mess of live sets as MP3s from current indie bands. Nowadays I can't even figure out where to start if I want to find that sort of thing. YouTube has a ton of radio gigs which is cool but doesn't really offer concert bootlegs which I used to love listening to.
posted by dr handsome at 3:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Looking for a French TV show

I would like to download or buy US compatible DVDs of the first season of a French TV show called "Affaires Etrangeres". I can't find anything online except basic information and a single trailer on Youtube.
posted by spacefire at 3:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Who can/should report inappropriate sexual misconduct?

[potential content warning] I'm specifically thinking about two situations, in which people who occupied positions of power had engaged in rather inappropriate behaviours. The people involved in the situation don't want to report for various reasons. Who is allowed to report? Is there a statue of limitation? [more inside]
posted by redwaterman at 2:55 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I find a good primary care doctor?

My primary care doc just left town, so I'm looking for a new one. Recommendations from friends are not panning out. Where else do I look? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky at 12:27 PM PST - 15 comments

Montreal Weekend Recommendations: 2017 Edition

Bonjour/Hello! Next weekend we'll be heading up to Montreal and I haven't been in over a decade. So what's cool these days? [more inside]
posted by dame at 11:29 AM PST - 7 comments

Pimp my Limp

So it looks like I might end up using a cane - or at least carrying one around - a lot more of the time. I'd rather affect a cane than need one; give me your ideas about how I can turn assistive equipment into part of a fashion statement. [more inside]
posted by nickmark at 10:16 AM PST - 25 comments

First, be smart from the very beginning.

It's 1923. You're in Nottingham. How do you get to Paris? How do you get to Berlin? How long does it take? Added difficulty: Scotland Yard is looking for you and before leaving the country you need to obtain a new passport with a bogus name. You obviously need to see a guy about a thing, but who and where? A guy I'm researching actually pulled this off. Help me figure out how? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 10:07 AM PST - 7 comments

Music recs needed: jazz/hip-hop fusion

I like Us3, Guru's Jazzmatazz, Stoop Boys (which are more barbershop/doo-wop + hip hop). I've got a long two-day drive ahead of me this week. What else should I be listening to? I've got Spotify.
posted by rabbitrabbit at 9:24 AM PST - 14 comments

Time Machine & iPhoto Problems Since Sierra

I recently upgraded my iMac to Sierra. I made a Time Machine backup of everything before I did so. Unfortunately, once I upgraded I found that iPhoto somehow lost the past 4-5 years of photos. Even worse, Time Machine no longer works. How can I recover my photos? [more inside]
posted by jammy at 8:52 AM PST - 5 comments

Why are employers cancelling my interviews?

What am I doing wrong that my interviews keep getting cancelled? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper at 7:07 AM PST - 17 comments

How to overcome doubts and make a move in this relationship?

My boyfriend and I have been together for about 3.5 years, and throughout the relationship I've cycled between happy/in love feelings and a sense of persistent doubt. How do I overcome my ambivalence to either commit wholeheartedly or move on? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:30 AM PST - 16 comments

Music similar to Night In The Woods' dream sequences

I have been listening to Night In The Woods' soundtrack on repeat, especially the Astral tracks (1, 2, 3, sorta 4, links maybe spoilery). Any recs for other music that's similar? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 5:58 AM PST - 3 comments

Wearing perfume while sensitive

Theoretically, I like perfume and natural oils. In practice, I'm extremely sensitive to them. Which places on the body are the best for very subtle applications? [more inside]
posted by lesser weasel at 2:58 AM PST - 8 comments

Am I allowed to deliberately 'miss' a connecting flight?

I accidentally booked a flight to LA without realising my Cali tour starts in San Francisco. Dammit. [more inside]
posted by ihaveyourfoot at 2:56 AM PST - 22 comments

Putting my money where a bigot's mouth is

Is there a way I can give to a charity every time a certain account tweets? [more inside]
posted by Perodicticus potto at 1:31 AM PST - 5 comments