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August 31

International Prototype Metre Bar Replica
I want an International Prototype Metre bar. Actually, I'd settle for half-meter long bar (or maybe something scaled down to a manageable size?) with a Tresca cross-section, but I can't seem to find anything like this online. Any suggestions for where I could find something like this?
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug at 9:19 PM - 5 answers
Translation for Japanese songs
I recently went through some of my music from late 90s-early 00s, and a fair amount included j-pop and j-rock. I lost all the titles and artist names, so I resorted to using an app to identify some of the songs. However... the identifiers are all in Japanese, and I have no idea. [more inside]
posted by virus_husbandry at 5:23 PM - 2 answers

Jim Henson Skit on 'Ed Sullivan': Black Monster on Black Background?
A question from my father I've been unable to answer: "YEARS ago, I recall watching what I believe was Jim Henson's first performance on the Ed Sullivan (TV) show. It was a tell (on stilts) black monster against a black background, dancing and dodging about in time with Halloween-style (monster) music. This was a LARGE monster, waaaay bigger than Cookie Monster, and was definitely not a hand puppet. It was a guy on stilts, covered with this monster outfit (I think), and it was a good act!!! ---Does ANYone remember this? I cannot find it on YouTube or Google......"
posted by WCityMike at 10:53 AM - 3 answers

creative, ambitious, lazy
How does an adult develop "grit"? [more inside]
posted by serenity soonish at 9:21 AM - 11 answers

August 30

Slavery and sentience in Star Wars for droids?
My kids rewatched A New Hope this week, and I ended up lost on Wookieepedia trying to find a broadly-definitive (by fans, not so much Lucas) take on droids like C3PO and R2D2. I understand slavery of sentients was eventually outlawed by the New Republic, but are droids emancipated? Can a droid be a Jedi (I saw the Skippy story)? Are droids AI or something else? How is Jar Jar Binks considered fully sentient in law, but not R2D2? Can a droid be murdered? What about copying a droid - is that like cloning a sentient being? Droids 101, please
posted by viggorlijah at 10:41 PM - 5 answers

August 29

Does a planner for two weeks at a time exist? With a To Do list?
I want a two-week planner. Not a weekly planner. Not a monthly planner. I want to know what I need to do and plan for two weeks at a time. And I want enough room to add a to-do list. [more inside]
posted by HeyAllie at 2:14 PM - 5 answers

It may be small but it packs a punch.
I was doing some reading about plutonium and realized that I have a desire to own a thing that's surprisingly heavy when picked up. Deceivingly so. Heavy enough to make people exclaim at the weight of my small object. Bonus points if it's not (too) poisonous or (very) radioactive. I know Au and Pb are pretty heavy, but can I beat that? What's the very densest thing I can (legally) afford to acquire in sufficient volume to keep on my desk and fidget with?
posted by TheNewWazoo at 8:49 AM - 30 answers

How do OpenTable dining certificates work?
I have quite a few points accumulated in my OpenTable account, enough to redeem for a good sized gift certificate. However, I don't want to use one if the restaurant essentially gets stiffed on the amount of the certificate. [more inside]
posted by something something at 7:51 AM - 7 answers

U.S. to Finland mailing times (in your experience)?
Have you sent mail to Finland from the U.S. with Priority Mail International? Has that ever taken longer than 10 business days? (No customs value involved, in my case - just a standard flat envelope of papers with no value.) [more inside]
posted by kalapierson at 3:56 AM - 5 answers

August 28

Do I eat or water this bunch of "organic produce"?
A friend left a huge bag of produce from the farmers market on my doorstep, but I have no idea what this is. Do you? [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A at 5:17 PM - 13 answers

August 27

Cool Doors Throughout the U.S. Where Are They?
I am doing a creative book project entitled "36 Doors" The book involves doing 36 yoga poses in various and not necessarily famous doorways in the U.S. There are obvious spots (Jefferson Memorial, churches, etc.) along with more unexpected spots (Alice Water's Chez Panisse for examples) Any recommendations would be appreciated.
posted by goalyeehah at 7:39 PM - 22 answers

August 26

Cryptic anti-sex-trafficking billboard sign in DC Metro station
Can anyone explain this sign that I've seen in at least one DC Metro station? [more inside]
posted by early one morning at 4:08 PM - 15 answers

Advice on selling bulk tickets for cultural institutions?
We're a major cultural institution in a big tourist city which would like to find out more about selling tickets in bulk. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by TurkeyMustard at 10:37 AM - 5 answers

Is this nighttime dental guard made of safe materials?
I've been using a Dentek dental guard for my nighttime teeth grinding and clenching. My concern is whether it's safe for long-term use. The website says it's made of EVA and EMA, which I'm guessing are ethylene-vinyl acetate and ethyl methyl acrylate. [more inside]
posted by ChuckRamone at 9:47 AM - 6 answers

August 25

Help my brother find a new apartment in Austin. Difficulty level: Now.
So, my brother had a major fire in his apartment complex (fortunately for him it was on the other side of the building), and his building was condemned. He needs to move immediately. He's looking for a 1 bedroom 1 bathroom apartment in one of: Manor, Hyde Park, or North Campus. He's a grad student, so that's the sort of budget he's working with. Thanks for your help!
posted by persona au gratin at 5:09 PM - 8 answers

Paths to EU permanent residence / citizenship without a job offer?
I'm an Israeli citizen completing a Ph.D. in the US. I'd like to move to the EU, and am seeking work there, but I want a Plan B in case I don't get a job offer. Which countries make it least difficult (or even possible) for a foreigner to move there without employer sponsorship and eventually gain permanent residence or citizenship? I would consider entering another degree program in this scenario if student status would help. [more inside]
posted by zeri at 12:29 PM - 10 answers

North Texas resources on homelessness
Through a string of bad luck (losing my job, losing my health insurance, bit of a breakdown at the start of the summer), I'm looking at being homeless in a couple of days. There aren't many options out there for a single male. This is a last ditch effort to find resources in my area other than shelters. [more inside]
posted by item at 12:05 PM - 8 answers

August 24

We appreciate your help. Kthxbye
Help me word a certification of appreciation that isn't generic? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 at 5:25 PM - 3 answers

Some Japanese figurines I know little about
I inherited these painted bamboo figurines (approx 2 1/2 ins tall) from my mother. We lived in Kobe up to 1936 when my family and I wisely returned to England. I discovered them in a cardboard box and I wonder whether any of you can give me information about them - maybe dinner table ornaments made for foreigners? Any answers gratefully received, as always!
posted by lungtaworld at 2:06 PM - 7 answers

Simple pleasures: or, how to have a good (great) day?
Because I often need inspiration and a gentle nudge or two, I like to hear what others 'simple pleasures' are in life, this list and this other list being two examples I'm keen on. What simple pleasures do you all enjoy? What makes for a great day, especially one you're spending by yourself?
posted by nightrecordings at 9:28 AM - 29 answers

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