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July 25

Why is there such a huge difference in web developer salaries?
I'm studying web development. The yearly salary estimates I've found online range from $40,000 to $80,000 or more. What gives? [more inside]
posted by quiet earth at 1:32 PM - 19 answers
The gift that keeps on giving
My best friend is getting married in a few weeks and I need to get her a gift. Since she and her fiance already have most of what they need for their home (consolidating two apartments into one), I don't want to get them a thing, but maybe some sort of subscription where they get something delivered every month. I need suggestions please. [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade at 11:18 AM - 20 answers

July 24

Bridal shower emergency
Need: (1) QUICK ideas on bridal shower decorations and games, (2) direction on where to find said decorations and games (and flowers and baked goods) in Boston and/or (3) a Boston-area event planner who could do the work of finding decorations and decorate the event space. [more inside]
posted by anthropoid at 10:17 AM - 20 answers

July 23

What is this thing?
I saw this object on a table outside a thrift shop in a small town in eastern Washington State, US. It is about 3 feet long and made out of hard plastic. It was selling for about $100 and was gone by later that day. What is it? Full view, Left side, Right side. A working theory is that it has something to do with some kind of crafting activity, possibly quilting.
posted by matildaben at 3:18 PM - 2 answers

What are these colored lights in the Yelp building in SF?
Idle curiosity filter: the Yelp building on New Montgomery street in San Francisco has a room in its upper stories with these colored lights. They change between red, green, and blue, and sometimes combinations. Anyone know what they're for, or what goes on in that room? Is it the private Yelp rave room?
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic at 9:40 AM - 6 answers

How dare I think I can do this
I want to write. But I have all kinds of Big Dumb Issues around it. Help me stop sabotaging myself? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:11 AM - 25 answers

July 22

How do I ship a small papercraft clock?
As part of an artist trading card swap, I made a bunch of little clocks. Only after I was finished did it occur to me that the little clock hands bend (and presumably break) easily, and there are a lot of places where bits could get bent or otherwise messed up in shipping. What's my best bet for packing and shipping these things? More fun: one has to go to England.
posted by hishtafel at 1:34 PM - 8 answers

Best way to sell a high-end grand piano?
Someone close to me has inherited a Yamaha grand piano, appraised by knowledgable tuner around $45,000. The owner needs as much of this money as she can get. How do we sell it? Is Craigslist okay for very-high-price sales? This is in the Washington DC area. [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten at 12:06 PM - 19 answers

July 21

Fictional characters to arrange key exchange over unsecure channel?
I'm presenting a cryptography demonstration to a small group of nerdy teenagers soon. As part of the fun, I have an activity in which they are spies that need to arrange a key exchange over a unsecure channel without any required prior knowledge of each other. (You can assume the mechanics of the key exchange are sound.) I thought it might be fun if I could refer to different fictional characters that the teens could pretend to be. What are some fictional characters and associated unsecure channels that would fit the scenario above? Examples and further notes inside. [more inside]
posted by wiskunde at 6:29 PM - 11 answers

"Where did you get the idea for your book?"
Please suggest some interesting answers for this question (for a fictional book). [more inside]
posted by cmcmcm at 7:39 AM - 26 answers

July 20

I inherited two nazi era armbands.
I inherited two nazi era armbands. How do I sell them? [more inside]
posted by LoveAndBottleRockets at 9:18 PM - 15 answers

left a ring in my hotel room, already called the hotel
I left a ring with sentimental value in my hotel room in the bathroom this afternoon, checked out of the hotel and didn't remember until now. I've called the hotel lost and found and they said the room was cleaned, nothing was reported found and that they will have housekeeping check tomorrow, the room is occupied already. Is there anything else that I can do about this? [more inside]
posted by tangaroo at 8:35 PM - 9 answers

How flammable is rubbing alcohol?
We made some tie dye tshirts using Sharpie markers and rubbing alcohol. The instructions say to set the ink, put the tshirts in the dryer for 15 minutes--but won't I set the dryer on fire? [more inside]
posted by biscuits at 12:17 PM - 15 answers

Why such problems with weed?
In the last few months, I have started (maybe once every two weeks or so) smoking weed again, after not doing it since college (I'm now 36). When I smoke now, I feel a lot different than I did back then, and I don't like it. Details: [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:52 AM - 20 answers

July 19

Thinking about moving
I am considering moving from where I live now (Madison, WI) for a number of reasons, but I don't know if it's the best idea right now, and I also have no clue where I should go. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe at 12:03 PM - 9 answers

What is this logo?
A friend gave me a keychain with this logo on it a few days ago - it has no trademark or info. [more inside]
posted by 41swans at 9:07 AM - 4 answers

July 18

Best storage methods for scratch-and-sniff stickers?
I bought a few packs of Trend scratch and sniff stickers for my students. Can I safely cut them up into individual pieces, and mix them in one bag? Or will that cause a weird, permanent mixture of scents? Parents, teachers, scratch and sniff experts... please advise.
posted by Xere at 1:38 AM - 4 answers

July 16

No one will pay for wheelchair repair, even with Medicaid... now what?
YANM medical billing professional, but I need help in getting my very expensive, recently-out-of-warranty electric wheelchair fixed. I live in NY, have (crappy) private insurance ( Oxford Liberty) through my mother's job and Medicaid due to a cerebral palsy diagnosis. My chair ( an Invacare model) was provided through my previous insurance and OL isn't accepted by the contractor that provided it. They take Medicaid, but refuse to put in a claim and keep passing the buck. I can't leave my house. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 at 5:20 PM - 17 answers

What can I do for the next 5-6 weeks?
I chose not to go on vacation with my family (to their native country that I've been to before) to take summer classes instead. My summer session 2 class filled up and I got screwed out of a seat. Now, I'm stuck here (NYC) with nothing to do for the rest of the summer. Help me not lose my mind and fill this time up. [more inside]
posted by DayTripper at 9:43 AM - 22 answers

July 15

“Get yourself together, man. Move to X, buy a loft…”
New York City has us feeling like a New Yorker cover. Where should we relocate? [more inside]
posted by Spiced Out Calvin Coolidge at 6:51 PM - 42 answers

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