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October 31

Is it too late to change careers, nationalities, everything?

I have a masters degree in a relatively obscure field, an even more specialized professional history, a BA in French, no relationship, and lots of consumer and student debt. What is the likelihood that a youngish 30ish woman in that situation could pick up and move to another country? [more inside]
posted by magdalemon at 9:01 AM - 19 answers

October 30

Halloween costume for a female with very short blonde hair

I am a female with short dark blonde hair. It suddenly occurs to me that I need a Halloween costume, but I hate wearing wigs and I'm not going to color my hair. What can I dress up as that makes use of this hairstyle? We've already got Claire Underwood, Switch from The Matrix, Twiggy, and Patricia from the movie Breathless on the list--so we don't need those. [more inside]
posted by elizeh at 6:27 AM - 23 answers

October 29

How to contact someone from Mars One without sounding like a spammer

I am a researcher at a university and I have an exciting idea for a research project that the Mars One project offers a unique opportunity to carry out, without requiring the mission to carry any extra equipment and that could run during the training stage, on earth, so it isn't a good fit for their "university challenge" competition. Rather I would like to contact someone from the team to discuss it. They say on the website they welcome contact from universities and scientists, but there is no information about how to contact them. [more inside]
posted by lollusc at 6:27 PM - 9 answers

I don't really want to be this aware of my own blood.

I sometimes like to use earplugs, but I always end up just listening to my blood loudly pulsing around in my head. This is not ideal. Does anyone have recommendations for earplugs that actually make things quiet, instead of just replacing ambient noise with the noise of my heartbeat? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The at 1:53 PM - 13 answers

Recording setup for 2 people in an office

We want to capture eight hours at a time of conversation in an office, for editing later. There are two people at separate desks. What equipment is needed, within the sweet spot between "sounds good enough" and "affordable"? The end result should be 2 separate audio files, editable in Audacity. Paint me a picture of the setup you'd use for this.
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic at 10:36 AM - 8 answers

Cars with Takata airbags but not yet subject to recall??

Takata has recalled cars in states that it deems "high humidity," because of the deadly airbag problem. But as often noted, most of the deaths involved were in non-listed states. My state, Tennessee, is just outside the designated area, and my car (old Honda Accord) is one of the troublemakers. [more inside]
posted by mmiddle at 9:27 AM - 5 answers

October 28

Quick jokes for postcards?

One of my friends who lives on the other coast is going through some serious medical stuff. I've been sending him cheesy postcards with stupid stuff written on them, just to let him know I'm thinking of him and to maybe give him a laugh. I'm out of ideas though. Give me your best jokes/puns/groaners that I can fit on a postcard! They can be off-color if they're sufficiently funny. Any topic welcome.
posted by misanthropicsarah at 10:25 AM - 28 answers

October 27

Breaking bad...habits with good ones?

They say you should kick a bad habit to the curb by replacing it with a good one. Well, what should that be? Let's say it should be something you can do at a desk to replace a bad Internet-related compulsion. It should preferably be something straightforward but productive that (eventually) makes you feel like you've accomplished something of value, not just a useless "tic" (so, something more meaningful than pen-spinning or card shuffling, but not something overly complex that will be given up on). Any suggestions?
posted by Seeking Direction at 9:43 AM - 15 answers

October 25

Where the hell are my keys?

I lost my keys somewhere in a very narrow geographic area yesterday, and I have no clue what could have happened. Can the hivemind think of anyplace in my path I might not have looked, or have any idea what might have happened? Steps retraced below the fold. [more inside]
posted by ActionPopulated at 2:40 PM - 22 answers

October 24

Planning a staff retreat- how to make it worthwhile yet fun

I am planning a staff retreat that is about 8 hours long- 9-4ish. How do I make the most of this, while also having fun aspects with no "trust falls" or cheesy aspects? We'll be in the home of one of our board members (she'll be gone) with lots of snacks and/or board games or whatever you all suggest. I hope we'll have some structure in the beginning of the day, then maybe games and getting to know you stuff. Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by rabu at 11:35 AM - 12 answers

October 23

Stopping in a manual transmission

6-speed manual transmission, standard clutch--not "paddle" or "semi-automatic" or "clutchless." Two ways to stop: [more inside]
posted by BadgerDoctor at 4:52 PM - 77 answers

Mysterious Italian (maybe) parade, 1966

Can anyone tell me what's going on in this photo?
posted by ryanshepard at 3:40 PM - 20 answers

1970s San Francisco geography/research

Please help me with some basic research for my planned NaNoWriMo novel for November! It will be set in and around late 1970s San Francisco. I have one specific question regarding surrounding geography, and a request for general ideas/inspiration inside! [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown at 10:59 AM - 15 answers

The inventor of red-and-white tape

Is it true that the inventor of red-and-white barricade tape patented his invention and made a fortune off it? (My Google-fu is weak today...) [more inside]
posted by progosk at 9:33 AM - 5 answers

Sites similar to Bookforum's "Omnivore" blog?

Are there any blogs/websites that are similar to Bookforum's Omnivore (formerly Political Theory Daily Review)? [more inside]
posted by Triumphant Muzak at 9:18 AM - 1 answers

Gifting games

Board game lovers! Friends birthday is coming up (super super soon), so please recommend me a board game similar to Betrayal at House on the Hill (which is one of his favorite things ever). [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate at 7:45 AM - 13 answers

October 22

Meet Me at...

Help me find a good LA spot for a birthday shindig! [more inside]
posted by sprezzy at 6:14 PM - 7 answers

Time for an Executive E-mail Carpet Bomb for my Mazda service contract?

Local Dealership closed, low mileage, feeling screwed. [more inside]
posted by k8oglyph at 9:47 AM - 11 answers

Simple and practical steps to regain a sense of wonder and possibility

I was reflecting last week on how I felt last time I fell in love. Aside from a motherload of the strong feelings for the other person, I remember a strong sense of wonder and possibility. I'd like to feel this way again - but without the need to fall in love with someone. [more inside]
posted by Gwendoline Mary at 2:26 AM - 16 answers

October 21

Aftermath of a fire

A fire broke out in my apartment early Sunday morning. Thankfully, my cat and I both escaped (we both were treated for smoke inhalation) and I had a neighbor call 911. Now I have a ton of things to do as I try to move forward, and I'm hoping some of you know of helpful resources and ideas. ( The Red Cross is taking care of my immediate needs.) More info below. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe at 10:30 AM - 10 answers

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