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April 17

First Try

The famous "pizza on the roof" throw in Breaking Bad - Bryan Cranston got it on the first try. Same with Sigourney Weaver and the basketball in Alien Resurrection. These tickle me. I'm looking for other times when an actor pulled off some ridiculous unlikely thing on film, ideally on the first try. [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt at 6:41 AM - 13 answers

April 16

How can I stop repeating certain behavioral patterns?

"We've had this conversation before. I don't want to have it again." I'm finding myself on the receiving end of this line way too often, from both my spouse and my employer. The problem is, I keep repeating bad patterns like forgetting to turn off the light as I leave the room at home, or not managing my project time effectively at work. I'm aware of the problems and I know how to fix them... I just don't think to, in the moment. [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 9:21 AM - 32 answers

CMarkus Logo Windshield Sticker - Can you tell me something about it?

I imported a Datsun 260z to Europe from the US that has this CMarkus sticker on the windshield. The car is from 1974 but was last driven in '91 (year on its California plates). I think it lived in San Fransisco. Google, Bing image and Tineye can't help. I'm just curious, that's all.
posted by guy72277 at 8:21 AM - 2 answers

How to mix various kinds of tasks for maximum productivity?

My workday is made up of many kinds of tasks—studying, writing, coding, problem-solving, Photoshop, and drudge work. I notice that I can write effectively for only about three hours a day. Same with studying. But if I mix up the tasks, I can work longer. Do you know of any studies that have been done to find the optimal mix for maximum productivity?
posted by markcmyers at 8:11 AM - 2 answers

April 15

Help me go natural with toiletries...

About six months ago I started loosely following curly girl by using Dr Bronners and botanical conditioner on my hair. It looks great and I want to go more natural with my toiletries. [more inside]
posted by the twistinside at 6:53 PM - 19 answers

Books of secret knowledge

What was this book or books of secret knowledge I read in the late '80s/early '90s? [more inside]
posted by asterix at 10:47 AM - 4 answers

Do I have any recourse with the local power co-op over this matter?

The local power company cleared the ROW along our property but left a mess - who is responsible for it? Snowflakes & ice inside........(long) [more inside]
posted by dukes909 at 6:01 AM - 3 answers

Cupboard of curiosities for intensive kindergartener

I want to set up a cupboard with prepared activities and toys that the adult caregivers for my youngest can use to keep her occupied while I get work done. She has the usual books, blocks, playdoh, open-ended toys and art materials, but what she wants and needs are structured activities to do with caregivers. Has anyone else had success prepping activities and resources for their childcarers to use? I'm imagining stacks of ziplocs with craft kits/toys and instruction sheets, and a binder of suggested activities, but is there another approach that would work better? [more inside]
posted by dorothyisunderwood at 12:54 AM - 14 answers

April 14

Can you figure out what's going on with this image sharing account?

Over on the image sharing site MLKSHK there's this account - thefabulous52 - that posts strange collages and I'm trying to understand what's going on, or why, or ... anything at all, really. [more inside]
posted by komara at 7:24 PM - 6 answers

Name our bowling team

My company's new bowling team needs a nickname. We are a tech startup affiliated with the mortgage space. The leading candidates right now are all Lebowski-related, so we need something with a little more creative juice. Any ideas?
posted by So You're Saying These Are Pants? at 12:10 PM - 11 answers

April 13

Large Bust Size

How can I be more accepting of my large bust size? [more inside]
posted by Aranquis at 1:15 PM - 32 answers

becoming a true social justice warrior

What would a Social Justice Warrior put on her shield? (Also, the rest of her?) [more inside]
posted by NoraReed at 1:00 AM - 21 answers

April 11

Baby bedtime woes

My 4 month old wakes up every 30-45 minutes for three hours after bedtime. Can you help me think of something I haven't tried? [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty at 8:17 PM - 21 answers

Name that deli?

What Italian specialty foods shop, located in NYC, was described on a semi-recent episode of either Slate's Culture Gabfest or Slate's Double X Gabfest? [more inside]
posted by mellifluous at 4:49 PM - 3 answers

Most comfortable seat cushion for a long drive...we needs it.

We're taking my 2013 Jetta on a 2000 mile drive this spring and while it's a blast to drive and great on gas mileage, the seats are not butt friendly at all. [more inside]
posted by the webmistress at 9:18 AM - 6 answers

April 10

Save me from my own big mouth and help me make this little passport

So I agreed to help with a "Library Passport" project which is going to be GREAT except I'm in a bit over my head, could use template help or item sourcing. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn at 7:52 AM - 13 answers

April 9

I'm pretty sure this one is unsolvable.

My sister and I are trying to find the name of a Mac shareware or freeware game from the early or mid 90s. It involved going to a spooky hotel and becoming trapped in the hotel room. You had to solve a series of puzzles to escape. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 11:48 AM - 20 answers

It's an illusion, Michael.

At our next scout meeting I want to have my girls earn the Brownie Senses badge (omg it is the cutest!) by playing with some illusions, and I need some more ideas to round it out. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 8:26 AM - 17 answers

April 8

What is this cat cup toy thing?

What is this toy called? Did you have one when you were young? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby at 6:25 AM - 4 answers

April 7

But I'm NOT The One Who Knocks!

I went to pick up cold medicine today. Because I don't mess around, I went to the pharmacy counter to get something with pseudoephedrine. But the pharmacist scanned my ID and said that according to the FDA records, I'd already reached my pseudoephidrine quota for this month and she couldn't sell me any. I have not purchased any cold medicine in three months, though. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 5:22 PM - 25 answers

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