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April 13

Other than AskMe, How Do People Find Their Spot?

I am looking for articles, services, commonly used search terms etc. [more inside]
posted by Michele in California at 2:55 PM - 19 answers

Bruce Lee's Batwings

In this image of Bruce Lee, can you tell me what the circled portions are, between his arm and torso? They look like the membrane of batwings; I'm assuming it's a muscle group, but I frankly don't understand what I'm looking at.
posted by WCityMike at 8:25 AM - 4 answers

Living abroad alone.....experiences?

I am considering living abroad, not sure where yet, for an extended period. [more inside]
posted by haikuku at 4:44 AM - 14 answers

April 12

This belongs to us now

What used to be considered common or low quality that's now considered a luxury? [more inside]
posted by sprezzy at 1:37 PM - 94 answers

Help solve my sword/backpack/bicycle/style problem

I need a new sword carrying solution. Unfortunately for you, I'm rather particular about style... [more inside]
posted by Skyanth at 3:07 AM - 20 answers

April 11

Remembering that I'm grateful and happy

I just started a new job at a great company and moved to a place with more friends, all sorts of good and great things, and I have felt really quite happy and thrilled by how good things are vs. the truly meh/sucky/over-worked-ness/long-commute of before. How do I keep this feeling of gratefulness and happiness alive? I can already feel like the "day to day" is making me adjust to this new normal, and little annoyances are starting to get me down. [more inside]
posted by ellerhodes at 9:04 PM - 17 answers

Self-care package ideas

I've had to curtail my social life because of an illness (see previous question). Right now my M.O. is to go to work, get through the day, and go home and rest. [more inside]
posted by bunderful at 7:06 PM - 18 answers

Baby name book recommendations

It sounds so easy, but I can't find what I'm looking for: a baby name book that meets my criteria. More below the fold. [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday at 9:37 AM - 7 answers

April 10

Help Finding Roommates in Philidelphia

A friend of mine will be moving to Philidelphia on July 30th to start a year of service with City Year. She aims to spend less than $600 per month and knows that this will require roommates, but doesn't know how to find them! She's considering trying to live with some of her co-workers, but is concerned about maintaining personal boundaries if she works and lives with the same group of people. Can any locals in the area provide insight? Is there a secret Facebook group (or something similar) where roommates can find each other in Phili? [more inside]
posted by snufflepup at 7:42 AM - 10 answers

April 9

Fun things for a nerd to get into in Philly?

I'm thinking about taking a weekend trip to Philadelphia (I live within driving distance, but have never been). What's cool and off the beaten tourist path? (The Mütter Museum is already on my list.) Snowflakes inside, of course! [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet at 6:52 PM - 21 answers

April 8

Game of Thrones titles for wedding party

I need four game of thrones style lists of titles for our wedding party. For the wedding happening today. Two men and two women if it helps. Danaerys' string of titles is already out.
posted by motioncityshakespeare at 6:08 AM - 3 answers

Accepting help in a time of need

I have experienced a loss and people want to reach out and 'help' me. I'm having very conflicted feelings about this. I'm not sure how to more graciously handle these offers? [more inside]
posted by ficbot at 5:27 AM - 21 answers

Where can I find drawing reference photos of a diverse set of people?

I love to draw people from reference photos. Most reference photos are of thin, "conventionally attractive," usually white people taken with studio lighting. For the last year, I've mostly drawn animals to avoid this problem altogether, but it's time to break my curse. Please tell me where I can find reference photos of people that aren't white models!
posted by yaymukund at 2:20 AM - 13 answers

April 6

What are your tips and best practices for selling a car on Craigslist?

It is time to sell my 1999 Toyota Corolla. I would like to sell it to a private party through Craigslist or something instead of donating it, because even thought it has high mileage I have done a ton of work on it in the last year and it has a lot of new parts and still has a lot of life in it. [more inside]
posted by apricot at 10:02 AM - 21 answers

April 5

Adrift without art

For over 13 years I've wanted nothing more than to be an illustrator, and have spent most of my free time diligently working towards that goal. Lately, though, I've been coming to grips with the fact that I'm just not that good--certainly, I'll never be good enough to work as a professional illustrator. Without that goal, my life feels completely aimless. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:17 PM - 29 answers

April 3

So an attorney, a CFP and an accountant walk into a coffee shop ...

No, but really, I need one of each of these (CFP = Certified Financial Planner) because of age and medical circumstances. My will is okay but kinda out of date, I need to update the Living Will/Health Care Proxy, Springing Power of Atty, discuss DNR. And the broker and CFP assigned to me at a financial institution are making me so tense because ... I need to make decisions about money; and, of course, they would like to keep it in-house and I don't know if that's the best deal for me right now for REASONS. [more inside]
posted by alwayson_slightlyoff at 4:08 PM - 6 answers

annotating maps of cities

Looking for software for annotating maps, not cloud based, that will let me zoom in and out, add flags/notes/icons to specific locations on street maps (or other images), and print out maps at arbitrary resolution. [more inside]
posted by amtho at 12:04 PM - 9 answers

Are rocks a non-renewable resource?

Is there any case for defining rocks and minerals as a non-renewable resource? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 7:37 AM - 7 answers

April 2

A one-panel comic of the "research process" from a year or so ago...

...was making the rounds on academic-ish social media. I think it was set up as a cutaway view of a house. The attic was messy heaps of stuff showing initial studies, messy data, etc. At the bottom (the basement) was some depiction of the tidy result of all this mess - a research paper. [more inside]
posted by pantarei70 at 10:32 AM - 4 answers

How do you make your brain change gears?

Like a lot of people, I'm time poor and would like to get more stuff done with what free time I have: make that art, play that instrument, write that thing, etc. I don't waste much time per se, but in what I do have, the time it takes to switch between tasks and into the appropriate mental mode often negates actually getting much done, and this pattern can often discourage me from even trying. Do you have any tips/tricks for expediting switching between headspaces? [more inside]
posted by threecheesetrees at 7:33 AM - 19 answers

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