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September 20

Identify this tree with berries
This tree has lived for 10+ years in my backyard, and we're getting a dog. Is this tree safe? Pics and details inside. [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 7:23 PM - 4 answers
Meditative, calming Android apps (or websites)
I'm looking, roughly speaking, for a game, but it needs to be as un-game-like as possible. I'd like something interactive I can play with when feeling overwhelmed which is visually appealing, responsive, fairly simple, and has few or no objectives. Levels and world-building are too addictive for this purpose. I'd like to be able to start and stop playing quite easily, and to be able to play when my mind is out for the count (so no puzzles). Can you help? [more inside]
posted by lokta at 6:50 PM - 14 answers

Car ad featuring woman in car on narrow rock formation
For some time now (read: far longer than I care to admit) I have been trying to trace a car advert that I am sure was on UK TV in the 1980's. Briefly, it was of a car placed impossibly high up on a mountain/rock formation in the desert, somewere similar to Chimney Rock NC, in the car was your ISO blonde tanned glamour girl looking windswept. [more inside]
posted by RandomInconsistencies at 4:54 PM - 6 answers

How to commission a scientific illustration?
My co-authors and I recently got a paper accepted to a major scientific journal. If we can provide a striking illustration, I think we have a decent chance to make the cover. That would be really cool and might be worth paying an external illustrator for. I never commissioned any artwork before, so I have questions about how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by Herr Zebrurka at 11:35 AM - 7 answers

Can you identify this mystery ornament?
I inherited this ornament from my dad, who had inherited it from his father. I believe my grandfather found it in Ireland in the forties. Flickr photo set [more inside]
posted by *becca* at 4:18 AM - 5 answers

September 19

Scrapping Old Broken Silver
I have several old silver candlesticks that are largely broken and of no interest to me. They are marked "Sterling" but appear to be weighted, i.e. they are not solid silver. I am totally okay with trying to sell them for scrap value, but I have questions. [more inside]
posted by Otter_Handler at 6:58 PM - 4 answers

What could be the possible reasons MS Killed MS Research SV?
What could be the motivating factors behind this decision? [more inside]
posted by gadha at 4:14 PM - 6 answers

What are some fun things parents can’t do?
My husband and I have been trying to conceive (a baby!) for several years. Please assume the medical aspect is under consideration. We remain hopeful that we’ll be successful. However, the ongoing sense of regular disappointment has taken the joy out of life for me. I feel a bit in limbo. Please help me revel in my hopefully temporary childlessness a little. What are some fun things that parents can’t do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:09 PM - 52 answers

September 18

Moving to Marina Del Rey area - any hints?
I've just accepted a job offer in the Los Angeles area - the office is in Marina Del Rey- near the intersection of Washington blvd and Lincoln blvd. I'm now facing the (always fun) process of finding a place to live and figuring the area out. [more inside]
posted by Death and Gravity at 3:06 PM - 12 answers

How to develop a positive worldview
I had a really lousy childhood, and it left me with the belief that the world is basically cruel and threatening and that people are just looking for excuses to judge you and put you down. I really envy the kind of people who feel like the world is good to them, that they are lucky, that people generally like them, and that things will turn out for the best. I'd like to shift my mindset, but how? Do you have any good techniques or reading suggestions that will help me develop a more positive worldview? [more inside]
posted by lemerle at 1:18 PM - 27 answers

It's a prime age... but for what?
Dear MeFites, I'm turning 29 next week. What should I do/learn/consider while I'm 29? What did you do at that age that was great, or what do you wish you had/hadn't done? Practical + silly suggestions both welcome!
posted by anotherthink at 10:18 AM - 23 answers

Wizard Words
There is a game called Dungeon Scroll for Android and Apple devices. You get some times and spell a bunch of words and the score of the words kill various creatures. It's pretty low-tech. I absolutely LOVE this game and have had it for years. I'm trying to find something similar that's maybe a little more sophisticated...saves my game progress as I go, leveling up means something, idk. [more inside]
posted by sio42 at 5:45 AM - 9 answers

September 17

Help Me Find Specific Photos of Scotland
A few weeks ago I came across a series of online photos of the Scottish countryside. It was a borrowed laptop so I can't search the history. I'm hoping the Mefi detectives can help me. [more inside]
posted by Ik ben afgesneden at 5:17 AM - 2 answers

September 16

Surely the internet will know-- exact copyright date for cataloging?
If I had an ISBN and CIP, including a copyright year, would the exact date of copyright also be findable? I have the year, but how could I get the month and day? [more inside]
posted by blnkfrnk at 9:26 PM - 3 answers

What to do in Salt Lake City
My friend has just arrived in Salt Lake City. What decent things are there for him and his entourage to do in the next couple of days?
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 5:12 PM - 12 answers

Karaoke and karaoke rental in Boston
I'm getting married in Boston next month. We'd like to rent a karaoke machine instead of doing the standard DJ/dance thing. I know that many regard DoReMi Karaoke the best place in Boston, but I called them yesterday and they said their rental karaoke machines are out of order. They asked me to call back closer to the wedding date because they don't know how quickly they'll be getting them fixed, or even if they want to. Uh oh, I don't have any backup options! MeFi Bostonians, I need your help! [more inside]
posted by the_wintry_mizzenmast at 6:04 AM - 5 answers

September 14

Questioning my gender, need resources.
I'm questioning my (female) gender identity. I am looking for online resources, maybe a forum or online community that is specifically ftm or has specific ftm threads/conversations. I've combed reddit but the format of reddit feels less like a conversation and I don't feel comfortable posting there. Links I have found to specific resources are surprisingly mostly out of date or MtF specific. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:39 AM - 17 answers

September 13

My only friend is gone
My only friend killed himself and I don't know what to do now. [more inside]
posted by Aranquis at 2:39 PM - 41 answers

Custom glasses for charity?
My vision plan is flooding me with eyeglasses. Can I get creative with donating glasses to charity? [more inside]
posted by darksasami at 2:05 PM - 6 answers

What's the fairest system for allocating items amongst a group?
I have a task to do at work in the next few days that I would appreciate some advice on... I have a limited number of items (eg 6 of this one, 3 of that one etc) to share amongst a group of people. They have each given me a list of their preferences (1st, 2nd and 3rd preferences). What's the fairest system I can use to make sure that as many of them as possible are as happy as possible with what they receive? [more inside]
posted by monster max at 7:15 AM - 9 answers

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