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January 19

What do you do with those nice little drawstring gift bags?

My dad got me a little Ganesh statue that came in a lovely drawstring gift bag. Does anyone have any creative ideas for what I could use this bag and similar bags for, other than using them to give other people gifts?
posted by capricorn at 8:42 AM - 18 answers

January 17

Statistics are hard.

How do you calculate the probability of something when it's not as simple as "do it a bunch of times"? Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by Dilligas at 8:40 PM - 9 answers

A heavenly wooden deck padded with Kilims...

When vacationing in Turkey a few years ago, I came upon outdoor wooden terraces/decks for lounging and sipping tea, outfit with rugs or upholstery and lowish tables. They seemed to be very common in the area (seaside southwest of Antalya), both in restaurants/cafés and in private yards, and were perfect for lounging and chatting for hours. Is there a name for this kind of thing? Picture I found on a blog. [more inside]
posted by The Toad at 5:20 PM - 5 answers

It's a bug, except when I use it as a feature!

I am looking for movies, personal anecdotes, and what not where a disadvantage is turned into an advantage. [more inside]
posted by Michele in California at 4:48 PM - 27 answers

How to identify and articulate life goals

My partner always says he doesn't have any particular goals in life, but it's clear that he does. He just hasn't identified or articulated them. Do you know a book, essay, website, etc. that could help him elucidate his image of what he wants for the future? [more inside]
posted by kutsushita nyanko at 4:38 PM - 6 answers

FontFilter: Help Identify This Font?

Does anyone know the script font used on these invitations? Thanks
posted by heavyp08 at 5:10 AM - 5 answers

January 16

Sideswiped in a parking lot

I switched cars with a friend because they needed to borrow mine. I parked their car in a parking lot. Came back to find that their car had been sideswiped and no note left. Parking attendant didn't see anything. What are my next steps? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:53 AM - 13 answers

January 15

Are car dealerships really evil?

This question and its responses made me wonder if taking our car to the dealership for repairs is unwise. [more inside]
posted by Specklet at 8:14 AM - 24 answers

January 13

If I were marooned on a deserted island, could I make soap?

If I were marooned on a stereotypical deserted island (like Benjamin Gunn or Gilligan or in Lord of the Flies), would I be able to make soap and, if so, how? Assume I have access to standard deserted island stuff including coconuts, wild boars, fish, fresh and salt water, sand, palm trees, fire, sturdy vines, &c, and that I am handy enough to make spears and stone axes. Note that I am looking specifically for answers on how I would make soap and NOT for alternative methods of cleaning (I assume I could just scour stuff with the sand but I want soap). [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 8:51 AM - 20 answers

100% guaranteed and discreet

When I've lived in areas with a high Asian or Afro-Caribbean population, I've often got cards for 'powerful spiritual healers' through the door. Here's an example. I am not a believer in such things, but am curious as to what their 'services' involve. Is it something over and above what psychic/woo/new age people tend to offer? Are there any accounts of people, skeptic or not, who have visited one? If relevant, I'm in the UK! [more inside]
posted by mippy at 4:42 AM - 15 answers

When is person A and person B's joint 100th birthday?

I have two friends, person A and person B. Person A was born 4 February 1971, so will be 44 soon. Person B was born 29 March 1959 and will be 56 soon. Until 4 February 2016 they will then collectively be 100 years old. But on what date between those two birthdays could they be considered exactly 100?. I want to send a joint 100th birthday card and I think, but I'm not sure, that it's the 2 or 3 March.
posted by dowcrag at 4:23 AM - 9 answers

What technique was used to create this album artwork?

Does anyone know how to create the beautiful abstract swirls in the background of this album art? My hunch is that it was done using coloured oil, but I really have no idea, and if anyone has ever seen anything like it before and knows how to do it, I'd really like to know!
posted by Quilford at 12:53 AM - 11 answers

January 12

Help me solve this real-life math problem.

I need to use math to figure out how to fill my pill organizer correctly. [more inside]
posted by Tin Man at 4:19 PM - 12 answers

Alternatives to Moleskine *large* cahier?

Please find me a better notebook. [more inside]
posted by Skyanth at 3:20 AM - 15 answers

January 11

Why did my gift get stuck 10 miles from my home?

Something strange happened to me at Christmas and I'm curious if the green can shed more light onto it. I bought something online from a trusted retailer that I've bought from frequently. This was my third purchase this fall to the same address. It was due to be delivered on the 23rd via a combination of UPS and USPS but never arrived. When I followed up a week or so later, the trusted retailer described it as "irretrievably lost" and overnighted replacement items. [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 4:03 PM - 16 answers

Who will be delivering my USPS International Priority package?

I sent some friends in Sicily a gift via USPS Priority Mail International. I am trying to reach someone responsible for local/last leg delivery in Sicily, but who would that be? [more inside]
posted by brbmaroon at 1:49 PM - 5 answers

January 10

Tub Time for Timmy

I have a huge 100+ gallon tub with jets and such. What are some fun things I can add to my bath time to make it more enjoyable? I already do bubblebath and salts, and have a few floating toys and a water pipe (pan pipes you can play in the tub).. For various reasons I spend hours in there at a time. Generally I read beater books or watch Netflix on my otherwise decommissioned iPhone 4. Assume I am bathing alone and am not afraid of anything
posted by cjorgensen at 5:03 PM - 20 answers

How should I reward myself?

I work a late shift at my job, which usually gets me home around midnight or later and in bed by 3 a.m. or later after I manage to relax. What's an alternative to pouring a drink and sitting by myself? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:10 AM - 24 answers

January 9

Is that a box? With faces on it? With a headshot on top? What?

From this recent MeFi post, a young English child stands rapt in front of his TV watching the opening of Star Wars: Episode IV. That's all well and good, but what's that box behind him on the floor all about? [more inside]
posted by GamblingBlues at 6:10 PM - 3 answers

A birthday poem for a Russian émigré who is in her 70s.

I am looking to send a poem to a woman in her 70s for her birthday who is a big fan of Russian classics (Lermontov, Yesenin, Tsvetaeva etc). Poem needs to be birthday appropriate, written in Russian by one of the Russian classical writers. Suggestions would be most appreciated.
posted by mooselini at 10:03 AM - 5 answers

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