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June 25

What's a good category of souvenirs to collect?

I'd like to start a collection of some kind of everyday items from different parts of the world... [more inside]
posted by ontheradio at 7:58 PM - 56 answers

Simple, easy to learn skills & proficiencies to buff my character?

What are some simple, useful skills and proficiencies that a person can teach themselves or otherwise acquire in a relatively short space of time? [more inside]
posted by turbid dahlia at 3:22 PM - 26 answers

I need new music, pt ii

Can you pretty please recommend me some music you think that I would like based on the stuff I've linked below the fold that I'm really into at the moment? [more inside]
posted by Quilford at 3:27 AM - 36 answers

Post Gym Rage Syndrome

What's up Mefites! Please can you share with me your post gym routine hacks - basically, how can I make the process of showering and getting ready for work after my morning workout less time-consuming? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 3:13 AM - 22 answers

June 21

Can someone translate this Chinese text for me?

One of my ELL students wrote this in my yearbook and I don't know what it says-- it's probably not overly exciting but I would like to know what she wrote. [more inside]
posted by sadtomato at 9:55 AM - 4 answers

Indigent living and mental health support in Waco, TX

A series of events that I don't want to get into in detail has my sister living in Waco, TX without a job and without much social support and in need of mental health care. Does anyone know of any specific resources there that she can use? [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 9:48 AM - 3 answers

June 20

how can I distract myself while organizing my clutter?

How can I distract myself so I do not become too bored? [more inside]
posted by skwint at 5:30 PM - 21 answers

How Long Until They Knew Who Won The Battles?

I'm interested in better understanding the rate at which data transmission has increased through human history. I would like to graph this to understand better how to compare ancient events with modern based on how long it would take an idea to filter through a population at a given time. I know this is a tall order, and so I've settled on one variable that I think will be useful for me: the speed at which the results of a battle were relayed back to the relevant parties. [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 1:57 PM - 7 answers

Apartment locator fraud. Should I report? And to whom?

I recently applied for an apartment my roommate and I found by ourselves. A locator service we did not use contacted me and told me I could get a $400 rebate if I told the complex I found the listing through the locator's website. I think if someone actually did this, it would be fraud, and I think maybe I ought to report this service for attempting to get me to do this. [more inside]
posted by sevensnowflakes at 1:16 PM - 13 answers

June 19

Looking for projects that reward contributors with real-world benefits.

Hello. I'm looking for projects that extend benefits to people who contribute in a meaningful way. For example, Muckrock allows people to file a few free FOIA requests if people do one of these tasks on their assignment desk. Do you know of any other projects like this?
posted by melodykramer at 10:05 AM - 2 answers

June 18

Poppy anthem for the musical break at a SCOTUS marriage equality rally?

I am looking for a song for a female vocalist to sing during the middle of a series of speeches at an upcoming marriage equality rally I am planning for SCOTUS decision day. (Music kind of breaks up the monotony of these types of things) [more inside]
posted by rabu at 11:21 AM - 13 answers

June 17

I need to ship an item from the Russian Federation to the UK...

Some months ago, I lost my iPod in Moscow whilst out there doing festival biz (I'm a Brit by residence). Incredibly, someone found it, the Apple security held, and I got an email from someone telling me they'd be happy to meet up and give it back. As the air fare is higher than the device cost, I thought going postal would be the best option, but I've drawn a blank - most of the delivery companies either want me to pay cash on the Russian side, or expect me to have a corporate account. [more inside]
posted by davemee at 4:38 AM - 7 answers

June 16

Unbreakable: they alive, damn it!

I'm having a poster made for my wall at work. I want it to be an "inspirational" quote of some sort. I was originally going to have "Females are strong as hell" but I decided that one is probably better for the house. [more inside]
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper at 12:02 PM - 33 answers

Death of Bank of America

My frustration with Bank of America has reached epic levels recently after some housekeeping of my accounts with them. I've always known their surreptitious charges/practices have being toeing the line as far as the law is concerned, for instancing their structuring of consumer transactions in such a way so as to trigger certain fees. [more inside]
posted by kinoeye at 8:37 AM - 4 answers

June 15

Help me find interesting thing to learn about!

I love researching historic things that I have never heard of, such as the Victorian chatelaine: [link]. What other items might I enjoy learning about? Thank you!
posted by harrietthespy at 7:50 PM - 11 answers

Can you help me shift my sleep schedule by about an hour?

I know what I need to do, but I can't seem to do it. Any suggestions or tips? [more inside]
posted by gigondas at 7:08 AM - 17 answers

June 14

What is this thing?

What is this mystery object? A friend found it at her parents' house. Nobody knows what it is. [more inside]
posted by zsazsa at 10:20 PM - 8 answers

June 13

Here, YOU throw this away! Or, what to do with my late mom's stuff

My mom died about six years ago. At the time, her sister (my aunt) and I flew back to clear out her belongings. We thought we got all of it, but it turns out there was some stuff we missed. And my stepdad and his new wife keep finding it and sending it to me. I need help figuring out what to do with it all. [more inside]
posted by That's Numberwang! at 4:46 PM - 18 answers

June 12

Moving to LA in a hurry: help me figure out where I should live!

It's very likely that I'll be moving to LA for work soon. If so, I'll only have a few weeks to find a place. I know very little about LA, so I'd love to get some insider info to help narrow my search. [more inside]
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 5:49 PM - 39 answers

June 11

Me tell joke funny one day

Is this joke funny? Should I tell it in a wedding speech? Does it need tweaking? If it's not funny, can you help me make it funny? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 11:32 AM - 73 answers

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